Who will replace Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test team? - The 2-match Test series between India and West Indies is starting from 12th July. The Indian team will tour the West Indies where they have to play 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20 Internationals. India's West Indies tour will start from 12 July and will run till 13 August. The first Test match will be played in Dominica on 12 July. According to reports, senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara may be dropped in the two-match Test series against the West Indies. There are 3 Indian batsmen who can become the new wall of Team India in Tests. These 3 batsmen can cut Cheteshwar Pujara's leaf from the Test team. Let's take a look at who are those 3 batsmen who can drop Cheteshwar Pujara from the Test team.
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If we look at the records of Yashasvi Jaiswal, he is considered as a strong contender in place of Cheteshwar Pujara at number three. Yashasvi Jaiswal is a very dangerous batsman and India now needs such an explosive batsman in the Test team, because the Indian team now wants to move forward with Cheteshwar Pujara's slow and flop batting. Team India can be announced on June 27 for India's tour of West Indies. In such a situation, Yashasvi Jaiswal can get a chance at number-3 in place of Cheteshwar Pujara in the Indian Test team. Looking at the records of 21-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal, this batsman has scored 1845 runs in 15 first-class matches at an amazing batting average of 80.21, which includes 9 centuries and 2 half-centuries. Yashasvi Jaiswal's best score in first class is 265 runs.
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Suryakumar Yadav is also a strong contender to bat at number 3 in Test matches in place of Cheteshwar Pujara. The Indian cricket team has a talented batsman like Suryakumar Yadav, who knows the art of playing multiple shots and scoring runs all around the ground. Suryakumar Yadav is a 360 degree player, who specializes in scoring runs by raining fours and sixes around the ground. Suryakumar Yadav is called AB de Villiers of India. Suryakumar Yadav made his ODI and T20 debut in the year 2021 and made his Test debut in the Border Gavaskar series against Australia in the year 2023, but he has so far been able to play only one match in Test cricket. To take advantage of Suryakumar Yadav in Test cricket, he needs to be given maximum opportunities.
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KL Rahul can replace Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test team. KL Rahul will be fit to bat at number 3 in the Indian Test team. KL Rahul can no longer make a place in the Test team as an opener, because Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill's places are already confirmed there. KL Rahul is a technically very talented batsman in Test cricket. KL Rahul has scored Test centuries in difficult countries like South Africa, England and Australia. KL Rahul can replace Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test team for batting at number 3. KL Rahul has experience of playing on hard and bouncy pitches. There is no issue with technology. There is hunger for runs inside KL Rahul.