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India have real battle on their hands, says Ian Chappell ahead of Rajkot Test against England

“India is a strong side and they also have a good leader in Rohit Sharma. They will be greatly strengthened by Ravindra Jadeja’s and KL Rahul’s recovery from injury, but that Virat Kohli will not return for the rest of the series is a blow.”

Shreyas Iyer has been dropped for the remainder of the series. The 29-year-old made 35, 13, 27, 29 in the opening two Tests and was guilty of not building on the starts.

“Hopefully the selectors will now stop overestimating Shreyas Iyer’s batting ability and learn to value Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket-taking capability more.

“This India versus England contest is shaping up as it should: a tough five-match encounter between two talented sides,” Chappell added.

The third Test will begin in Rajkot on February 15.

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