IND vs ENG: Jasprit Bumrah Set to Return as India Aims for Series Sweep

IND vs ENG: India is poised to field its strongest possible lineup for the decisive 5th Test against England. With the series already clinched at 3-1, India will look to secure a dominant victory at Dharamshala and gain crucial World Test Championship (WTC) points. Jasprit Bumrah, after being rested for the 4th Test, is expected to spearhead the pace attack.

Bumrah’s Return

Bumrah’s comeback bolsters an already potent Indian bowling lineup. His ability to generate pace and swing, especially on a pitch that is likely to assist fast bowlers, will be a major threat to England’s batting order. Mohammed Siraj will likely partner Bumrah with the new ball, with the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav providing ample support.

Patidar Likely to Make Way

Rajat Patidar’s Test career has gotten off to a shaky start. With scores of 11, 12, 7, and 1 in his first four innings, the pressure is mounting. KL Rahul’s potential return from injury would slot him back into the team, pushing Patidar out. Alternatively, India could bring in the uncapped Devdutt Padikkal, who has been in exceptional form domestically.

India’s Probable Playing XI for the 5th Test

  1. Rohit Sharma (c)
  2. Shubman Gill
  3. KL Rahul (if fit) / Devdutt Padikkal
  4. Cheteshwar Pujara
  5. Virat Kohli
  6. Shreyas Iyer
  7. KS Bharat (wk)
  8. Ravindra Jadeja
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin
  10. Kuldeep Yadav
  11. Jasprit Bumrah

Focus on WTC Points

India’s comprehensive series win allows them to experiment with their lineup slightly, giving them some flexibility. However, their primary goal remains securing as many WTC points as possible. A dominant victory in the final Test will be crucial to their push for a spot in the WTC final.

Disclaimer: This is a speculative article based on available information and general team selection trends. The final playing XI will be confirmed closer to the start of the 5th Test.

DISCLAIMER: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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