The first Test between India and Australia will be played in Adelaide from 17 December.
The first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will be played in Adelaide from 17 December. The Adelaide Test match will be day-night. The Board of India (BCCI) has selected an 18-member team to play the Test series against Australia. There are five players in it, who have played as an opener at one time or another.
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December 15, 2020, 2:37 PM IS
The Board of India (BCCI) has selected an 18-member team to play the Test series against Australia. There are five players in it, who have played as an opener at one time or another. These players are Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari. The special thing is that neither of these can be said that such a batsman is in the best form and neither can be called out of form. One terminology is often used in sports – ‘Good Headache’ means good headache. Virat must have been facing the same headache before the Test match.
Mayank Agarwal confirmed to play
Of these five players, only Mayank Agarwal is sure to play. Mayank was also included in the ODI and T20 teams. He played the first two ODIs and also started well. However, he could not prolong his innings. In the second practice match, he has scored a half-century. In such a situation, one end of the opening is certain to be assigned to them.Read also: IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli desperate to break Ricky Ponting’s world record, Adelaide will become a witness!
Prithvi Shaw in extreme aggression
Prithvi Shaw is considered an aggressive batsman of the Virender Sehwag style. But recently, it has been seen that they lose their wickets fiercely. Sunil Gavaskar says that Shaw plays more shots in the beginning and that is the big reason for losing his wicket.
3 contenders for second opener
There are 3 contenders for the second opener in the form of Shubman Gill, KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari. Of these, Gill’s claim to play seems stronger. They are seen in good rhythm. His 5 scores on the tour of Australia are 33, 0, 29, 43, 65. Alan Border has also supported Gill’s claim. Gavaskar also says that in the first Test, it would be right to open with the pair of Mayank and Gill.
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KL and Vihari claim weak
KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari could also be substitutes. But the team management probably wants to try these two in the middle order itself. Perhaps this is the reason why KL was not tried in a single practice match. Vihari opened in the last tour of Australia. They also make useful offspin bowling. In such a situation, it is possible that he will be selected for batting at number six. In his day-night Test against Australia, the Indian team would not like to experiment more with Vihari.