India unlikely to drop Rajat Patidar for the 5th Test against England in Dharamshala

Written by Vishwas Gupta

It has been a tough start to Test cricket for India’s Rajat Patidar, who received his maiden call-up in the longest format owing to his prolific performances in domestic red-ball cricket and for India A.

In the absence of big names like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Patidar had the opportunity to get a few big scores and strengthen his claim to be a Test regular. However, he has scored just 63 runs across six innings at a poor average of 10.5 and has looked far from comfortable at the crease.

However, despite having the uncapped Devdutt Padikkal in their squad, India are reportedly set to give Rajat Patidar their vote of confidence for the fifth Test against England in Dharamshala.

The team wants Patidar to get one more chance as they feel Patidar has talent and it’s a matter of time before he gets runs. As India has already won the series, the team wants to try him out one more time instead of giving a debut to Devdutt Padikkal” A source told The Indian Express.

The BCCI had recently announced that KL Rahul hasn’t fully recovered from his quadriceps injury yet and would also miss the final Test of the series. Rahul’s absence has continued to give Patidar more chances and the same could be seen in Dharamshala.

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