India's Test team has been known for its strong batting lineup, solid bowling attack, and a good mix of experienced players and talented youngsters. They have produced some world-class cricketers who have excelled in the game's longest format.
India's success in Test cricket can be attributed to the overall improvement of their cricket infrastructure, the rise of talented players from the domestic circuit, and a strong emphasis on fitness and mental toughness.
India has been one of the most consistent teams in Test cricket. They have had success both at home and in overseas conditions. Their performances against top cricketing nations have earned them respect and recognition on the global stage.
One of the finest examples of their consistency is that team India reached the finals of the World Test Championship in both editions. They witnessed defeat in the final game but it proves that Team India is one of the top teams when it comes to the longest format of cricket.
After the recent defeat in the final match of the World Test Championship against Australia, team India is on the path of revival and in this process, they will be doing changes to their Test squad as well. The recent Test series against West Indies, which ended up in favour of team India, was an opportunity to start applying those changes.
Skipper Rohit Sharma took some tough calls and the time has come that the transition and preparation for the next WTC final has begun. We witnessed some big changes in the squad and this clearly says that in coming years, in the Test format, team India will be going through some major changes to make sure they stay at the top of their game in the Test format,
Here is a list of a few changes that were already done in the team against West Indies and some changes which are expected to be done in the coming months in team India. The top bookmakers in India have odds related to cricket.
1) Introduction of Yashaswi Jaiswal
One of the biggest changes in the Test for team India was the selection of Yashaswi Jaiswal and giving him a chance to open the innings for the team. His stint during the Indian Premier League season 2023 was very impressive and there were speculations for his name for the senior squad.
Jaiswal took his chance and made his debut in style by scoring a century and overall scoring 171 off 387 balls at a strike rate of 44.19. He showcased his talent with impressive innings and is expected to do the same in the coming years.
2) Shubman Gill’s new Position
Another major change was the change in the position of Shubman Gill. After dropping Chiteshwar Pujara from the team, India had a major void for the number 3 position. Gill has proved himself to be a valuable member of team India in the Test and skipper Rohit Sharma decided to give a chance to Gill at number 3.
However, the decision was not as effective as it was expected but it is expected that Shubman Gill will be fixed for number 3 in the Test team.
3) Change in Captaincy
Another major transition is expected in the future for team India before the end of the 2023-25 WTC cycle, which is the change in Test captaincy. Skipper Rohit Sharma is reaching the age where his performance will be affected and Team India will need a new leader.
The name which comes to everyone’s mind right now is Hardik Pandya. BCCI and the team management is already preparing Hardik to lead the team by giving him more opportunity in the T20 format and hence eventually we might see Hardik leading the team as the new cycle of WTC comes to an end.