Former India opener Wasim Jaffer continued his superb form with memes and cryptic tweets on social media as he shared his ideal India playing XI for the first-Test of the five-match series in India on August 4. While he shared a collage of various characters, comedians and sportspersons, none of whom were India cricketers, he told his followers to try and decode his XI.
Fans then got to work straight away, trying to figure out Jaffer's XI. Although most answers seemed to have some commonality, there was a bit of a difference among the responses provided by the netizens.
Check out his Tweet and some of the responses here:
Mayank Agarwal ruled out of opening Test
The team was handed a massive blow ahead of the series opener after Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the series opener as he got hit on his head during a practice session. While another opener Shubman Gill was already ruled out of the entire series, reinforcements Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will take time before being in a position to join the squad.
"Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was hit on the helmet while batting during India’s nets session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Monday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him, and a concussion test was conducted. He has shown signs of concussion and is ruled out of the opening Test against England. The 30-year-old is stable and will remain under close medical observation," an official statement from the BCCI statement read.
Notably, the duo of Shaw and Suryakumar were asked to join the Indian Test squad after injuries to Gill and Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan. The two of them were part of the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. However, there were some doubts on whether there will be a change in plans since they were placed in isolation after being identified as close contacts of COVID-19 positive Krunal Pandya in Colombo.|
However, it was later confirmed that the two of them will travel to the UK. There is no confirmation as to when the players will be able to join the team or when will they board the flight. Post their travel, the cricketers will also have to undergo a mandatory quarantine before they will be able to join the Indian camp in England.