India vs Leicestershire: The practice match gave tension to Team India, both the contenders flopped, who will get this position?

For the Indian team, choosing the right batsman at the number three position will be a big headache.

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India have an opportunity to win the Test series in England after 15 years, but for this it is necessary to avoid defeat in the last Test and for this, it needs good performance from the team’s batting unit.

The tour of England has not been good for Team India in the last decade. Since winning the Test series in England for the last time in 2007, India has suffered a crushing defeat here. This time the Indian team is close to a historic victory. India have a 2-1 lead in the Test series that started last year and now they have to deal with the challenge of the last Test, where with the success, the series will fall in India’s lap, but England’s challenge. It is never easy and it is not going to happen this time either. Team India’s batting flaw seems to be the reason behind this, which came to the fore in the practice match being played before the fifth Test. This flaw is the failure of the number three batsmen.

The fifth and last Test match is to be played between India and England at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham from July 1. Before this test match, the Indian team is playing a practice match against English county club Leicestershire. This practice match has not been very good for the Indian team so far. Especially from the perspective of those players who are destined to play in the playing XI. But the position of number three is such, which is the biggest challenge for the team management to decide.

Both failed in the practice match

For the practice match against Leicestershire, the team made some of its own members part of the English club’s playing XI to give a chance to all the players. Due to this, Pujara was kept with Leicestershire and Vihari with Team India, but both the batsmen failed to make an impact in the first innings. On the first day of the match, Vihari batted for Team India at number three but could only score 3 runs. On the second day on Friday, Pujara’s turn came and the experienced batsman of about 90 Test matches was also disappointed. He could play only 6 balls and returned to the pavilion without opening the account.

Pujara or Vihari: Who will get the chance?

By the way, for the last decade for Team India, this position was occupied by Cheteshwar Pujara. He was part of the team in all four Tests played in England last year, but lost his place due to the poor form that has been going on for several months. However, he has good experience playing in England and scored a lot of runs in the County Championship as well. In such a situation, their scale looks heavy. At the same time, Hanuma Vihari got a chance in his place in the last series, who has been told by the team management to give more and more opportunities in the coming times. In such a situation, who will get a chance for this decisive Test, this decision is bound to have an impact on the performance of the practice match to a great extent, but both the batsmen and the team have got disappointment on this front.