India did not fall for the most talked about exchange and decided to stick with it Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order to partner Mayank Agarwal instead of giving Shubman Gill a test cap.
India also chose to stick with Offie Ashwin and postpone the idea of an all-pace line-up, choosing the more experienced Wriddhiman Saha as the wicketkeeper.
Whether this advance notice will set a trend for the series is unknown as the real challenges facing the team after this test may begin with “bedrock”. Virat Kohli go home. Vice captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side, but it will be difficult to replace both Kohli’s constant leadership presence and ability as a batsman.
However, Kohli gave the impression that India’s plans for the series were largely set and that Rahane simply had to carry out those plans.
“The vision remains to achieve great results and to assert oneself. The way we played was a collective effort … a cultural effort. It’s the whole team that decided to do it, so we already know the template we’re going to have to play with, ”he said.
“Jinks did an excellent job as captain in the practice games. He is composed and knows the strength of our team. I’m sure he’ll do a great job in my absence. This is his time to do a strong performance as an individual and as a captain, ”said Kohli.