Parthiv Patel, who played his first Test after a gap of eight years, is set to retain his place for the Mumbai Test as Wriddhiman Saha, who missed the third Test at Mohali match due to a thigh injury, is unlikely to get fit in time for the fourth Test at Mumbai.
Another selection dilemma awaits as KL Rahul, who missed the third Test due to an injury on his left forearm, is expected to play the Mumbai Test. Virat Kohli will now have two choices, either to let Parthiv open the innings and keep Rahul on the bay or push the wicket-keeper down the order.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given few off days to players and have asked them to assemble in Mumbai on December 5, three days prior to the start of the fourth Test. England players too have made most of the break between the two games as the whole team has gone to the UAE to take some time off from the game and be with their family and friends.
Indian team is currently 2-0 up in the series with two matches to go. Alastair Cook will look to turn the tables in Mumbai as it’s the same ground where England, on their last tour to India, made a comeback and registered a win to level the series.