India’s playing-XI fixed for the first test! Who among Gill-Surya, why will the one who scores double century be out?
New Delhi. Rohit Sharma is going to play a test match after almost 11 months. He played the last Test in March last year. In the last Test series against Bangladesh, he could not get down due to injury. Team India is ready for a big match at home. The 4-match Test series between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) is starting on Thursday, 9 February. The first match is to be held in Nagpur. A lot of questions are already being raised about the pitch here. In such a situation, it is not going to be easy for the team management and coach Rahul Dravid to choose the playing XI. This series is part of the World Test Championship and Team India will have to win it in any case to qualify directly for the final.
Talking about Team India, all-rounder and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is ready to return. At the same time, middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the first test. Talking about the opening pair, Captain Rohit’s place is confirmed. KL Rahul can land with him. However, vice-captain Rahul while talking to the media a day earlier said that he is ready to play in the middle order as well.
Position of Pujara-Kohli fixed
It is believed that Cheteshwar Pujara will play at number-3 and Virat Kohli at number-4. Although both have been struggling against spinners for some time now. Now the question is who will get a chance in place of Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill or Suryakumar Yadav. Talking about the form, 23-year-old Gill is coming with a double in ODIs and a century in T20s. At the same time, Surya has been doing well against spin bowlers. Recently, he appeared in two Ranji matches and scored half-centuries in both.
Ishan’s place in danger
Young wicket-keeper batsman Ishaan Kishan recently made a claim for the Test team by scoring a double century in ODIs. Rishabh Pant is walking out due to injury. But Ishaan could not do anything special after scoring a double century. He is having a lot of trouble against spin bowlers. In such a situation, KS Bharat can get a chance in his place in the first test. Bharat’s international debut is yet to come. He is definitely with Team India since 2019. He has scored triple century in first class.
Akshar Patel or Kuldeep Yadav
The Nagpur pitch is said to be spinner friendly. In such a situation, the Indian team can land with 3 spinners. Off-spinner R Ashwin and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja are sure to play. There will be a fight between Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav. Both are left arm spinners. Recently, Kuldeep performed well against Bangladesh. At the same time, Akshar’s record in the house is good. It is almost certain that Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj will also play as fast bowlers.
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India’s possible playing-11 for the first test
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill/Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 08, 2023, 12:19 IST