IND vs AUS: Seeing the pitch of Napgur, it is certain that both the teams will hit the ground with spin heavy bowling attack.
Again after two years with Nagpur Test from Thursday 9 February India and Australia The Test series clash is about to begin. At stake is not only prestige and history, but also tickets to the World Test Championship final. Rohit Sharma and Pat Cummins are about to clash with each other for the first time as captains of their respective teams and in such a situation their leadership is also being tested. This test will start with the selection of the right playing XI, which can decide the picture of the match.
A day before the match, on Wednesday, February 8, there was a press conference of both the captains, but no one refused to tell anything clearly on the playing eleven. Generally, the Australian team, which shows confidence in telling its playing XI before every Test match, also did not seem ready to open its cards this time.
Who will weave the web of spin?
Let’s talk about India first. The series is happening in India, so the first thing is clear that three spinners will play. Team India is going into the series with four spinners and the question is who will be the other two spinners along with Ravichandran Ashwin. The contenders are Akshar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.
Out of this, Kuldeep Yadav is the different bowler and according to this it seems that he should get a chance but batting is the biggest reason, due to which Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel will be part of the trio. This gives Team India depth in batting.
Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj are sure to play in pace bowling. That means Umesh Yadav will have to sit outside even in his home ground.
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Rahul-Surya in, Gill out!
The biggest headache is regarding the batting line-up. In this, the place of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Virat Kohli is confirmed. The question is who will be in the remaining 3 places including the wicketkeeper. Many experts believe that Shubman Gill should be dropped in the opening by dropping KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav should be given a chance to debut. Former coach Ravi Shastri has also said that being the vice-captain does not mean that his place is not confirmed.
Nevertheless, it is expected that Rahul will play and in such a situation, a decision will be taken between Gill and Surya and despite the excellent form, Surya seems to have the upper hand.
At the same time, contrary to the initial speculations, the responsibility of wicketkeeping is not decided to be given to Ishan Kishan, but to KS Bharat. That is, two players can be seen making their debut for Team India in Nagpur.
question for australia
As far as Australia is concerned, the biggest concern in front of it is the selection of the bowling line-up. The team’s batting is set and no change is expected in it. However, he has been troubled by the injury of his players. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green will not be able to play in this test. In such a situation, Scott Boland’s landing with captain Pat Cummins seems certain.
Who will be the spinner, this is also a question for Australia. Apart from Nathan Lyon, the test experience of the other three spinners is mere name. Will Todd Murphy debut or will leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson come?
By the way, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar looks heavily in favor and the reason for this is also the weakness of Indian batsmen against left-arm spinners. Also, there is no left-handed batsman in India’s top order. However, Team India can promote either Akshar Patel or Ravindra Jadeja in such a situation.
India-Australia: Possible playing 11
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
Australia: Pat Cummins (Captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (Wicketkeeper), Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon and Scott Boland.