Team India lost the 1st Test against England by 28 runs. Rohit Sharma's side failed to chase a target of 231 runs. Ahead of the 2nd Test, a lot of things have been changed in between. The home side will be missing Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul in the upcoming game due to respective injuries, and Virat Kohli as well, who has gone home citing personal reasons. The Indian Cricket Board have named the replacement for these three cricketers.
Sarfaraz Khan, Rajat Patidar and Sourabh Kumar have got their maiden call-up for the longest format of the game. Sarfaraz has been brought in to replace the injured KL Rahul, although it is unclear whether he will make his debut in the second Test due to the presence of Rajat Patidar. Patidar was called up before the first Test to replace Kohli.
South African great AB de Villiers stated that the inclusion of Sarfaraz is highly exciting merely because of the Mumbai batter's exceptional record in first-class cricket thus far. The Mumbai-born batter might be the first choice to fill in the No.4 posittion though Patidar current form has been brilliant. The former Proteas captain has played with both the batters.
It's just very exciting for me: AB de Villiers
De Villiers said, "It's just very exciting for me. His record in first-class cricket is quite outstanding, and if there's a guy that deserves it, it's certainly him. He has played 66 innings, 3912 runs, and an average of 69.85. 14 hundreds and 11 fifties, guys, that is not normal. That is a very, very good first-class record. I know it's a big jump up to international cricket against England, on the biggest stage, I hope he gets a chance because Rajat Patidar has also been playing well."
Rohit's side will be eager to win the second game and the series as well. The home side have not lost a series in India since 2012/13 as the last team to beat them at home was England only. The home side will not like to have the same repeatation again.