"Please Explain": Internet Rebels As Sarfaraz Khan Not Handed Test Debut Against England

Sarfaraz Khan

Rajat Patidar preferred over Sarfaraz Khan

Vishal Singh Feb. 2, 2024

Sarfaraz's dream is still a dream-

Rajat Patidar was picked for Friday's second Test match between India and England at Vishakhapatnam, prolonging Sarfaraz Khan's wait for his Test debut. Following the injury withdrawal of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, Sarfaraz and Patidar were included in the Indian team. But Patidar was picked ahead of Sarfaraz to take Rahul's place in the starting XI, while Jadeja was replaced by Kuldeep Yadav. Social media users voiced their displeasure with Sarfaraz's absence and gave their opinions.

India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first against Ben Stokes leading England in the second Test match of the five-game series at Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

Mohammed Siraj has been cut from the India squad for the second Test against England in Vizag, as per a statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The decision was taken keeping in mind the duration of the series and the amount of cricket he has played in recent times. He will be available for selection for the third Test in Rajkot. Avesh Khan has re-joined the team for the 2nd Test
~BCCI said in an official statement.

Weak batting and bowling lineup -

India lacks expertise in the spin department going into the second game, and the hosts will also be without a stable batting lineup. Due to personal reasons, Virat Kohli will miss the match, and injuries have ruled out KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja for the second Test.

Following their victory in the first Test by a margin of 28 runs, England has picked three inexperienced frontline spinners: Tom Hartley, Rehan Ahmed, and Shoaib Bashir. The most experienced player, Jack Leach, is sidelined with a knee injury.