Ind vs Eng 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal excluded from playingXI, despite batting average of 99.50 in India

Ind vs Eng 1st Test – Mayank Agarwal dropped from playing XI: Coach Ravi Shastri and Indian selection committee has decided to exclude Mayank Aggarwal from the playing XI despite phenomenal average of 99.5 at home. Virat Kohli has confirmed that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open the Indian innings.

Ind vs Eng: Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma to open: Gill and Sharma had a great outing in Australia. Owing to their performance, they cemented their place in the Indian Test squad. Kohli believed that the team would want to give the duo more chances and look forward to how they perform. “We are looking forward to more good performances from both of them. They were very good in Australia, and we hope they continue it throughout the series against England,” he said during the pre-match conference.

Mayank average whopping 99.50 in Tests in India: This means despite having Bradman like average at home, Agarwal has lost his opening spot to Shubman Gill. Gill who was India’s find of the Test series against Australia, will pair with India’s regular opener Rohit Sharma for the 1st Test.

  • Agarwal boasts of great batting record in India.
  • Mayank has played five Tests on home soil and scored 597 runs including three centuries.
  • His Highest Score is 243 Runs


Disappointing show in Australia costs Mayank Agarwal dearly: Agarwal opened in the first Test at Adelaide and scored 17 and nine in two outings. India lost the Test as the tourists were shot out for 36 in their second essay – which means not only Mayank but every Indian batsman played horribly in that match.

However, Mayank once again flopped in the second Test. In the first innings, he registered a duck and in the second innings, he scored five. While, Gill, who was making his debut, scored 45 in his first outing and 35* in his second as he carried his bat through. India won the Boxing Day Test by eight wickets, but Mayank was dropped from the side after four failures and replaced by Rohit Sharma – who was making a comeback to the side.

It’s clear failures in Australia has costed Mayank dearly.

Virat Kohli also confirmed on Thursday that Rishabh Pant will start against England in the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, which will begin from Friday. The Indian skipper although did not reveal the playing XI he did drop a few hints about who will be included in the starting eleven.

“Rishabh will take the gloves tomorrow. He has had impact performances in Australia recently. He is in good space. We want him to build on this along with him improving all aspects of the game, which will happen with more game time.

“He has come along very nicely. He wasn’t part of white-ball formats, but he kept working hard on his fitness, on his games. We have backed him quite a lot and for good reason – something you saw in Australia.

India’s probable XI for the first Test against England: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma/Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah