If these two batsmen continue to score runs in the Test series then India will be on the back foot and will find it hard to make a comeback.
Wriddhiman Saha was dropped from the squad after suffering an injury, and he did not feature in the lone Afghanistan Test in June as well.
An unusually hot and dry summer has enhanced the conditions for spin bowling in England, and India have already responded by drafting the left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav into their Test squad after his own starring role in the limited-overs campaign.
Karun Nair has also been re-called while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out as he has aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur. Don't rule it out, is the message from Trevor Bayliss, after describing Rashid's recent performances against Australia and India as "the best I've seen him bowl" since he took over as England's head coach in 2015.
"It's matches like these that players dream about - to play at Lord's in 2017 in a one-day match was special, but to play a Test will be truly memorable", he said.
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Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is recuperating from a thumb injury, has been included in the squad, but will be available for selection from the second Test onwards based on his fitness, a BCCI statement confirmed. "He has batted and kept very well in the India-A series", he said. "So, look I'm sure he'll be up for discussion definitely".
Ishant Sharma's seven-for helped India record their first Test win at Lord's in 28 years. Sharma has been in ominous form in coloured clothes and may have expected that to influence his Test selection like it did in the case of Kuldeep Yadav.
While the selectors seem to have resisted flamboyant picks, they did select a bolter in Pant, who originally wasn't even part of the four-day leg of the A side's tour. The choice was between going back to Parthiv Patel and looking to the future. He was unbeaten on 37 in the ongoing match against England Lions at the time of the announcement of the squad. However, Pant failed to grab his opportunities on the A tour of South Africa past year.
Kuldeep had Root stumped by MS Dhoni for a duck in the first Twenty20 at Old Trafford and then snared him lbw for just three during India's eight-wicket victory in the ODI series opener at Trent Bridge last week.