Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, Team India will play a Boxing Day Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26. Virat Kohli has returned home on paternity leave. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India lost the Adelaide Test by 8 wickets. Virat Kohli scored 74 in the first innings of the Adelaide Test and was run out due to an error by Ajinkya Rahane. It was the biggest turn of the runout match and also became the main reason for India’s defeat. Before the Melbourne Test, Rahane told Virat what he had said about the runout.
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A day before the Melbourne Test, Rahane said, “After the day’s play, I went to Virat and apologized to him, but he was fine, he was not angry about it. We both knew the circumstances under which we were, we were playing a good game, but in cricket such things happen, you have to move forward with respect. Rahane conceded that the run-out match had loosened Team India’s grip and Australia had picked up the match by eight wickets in just half a day. “It was tough, we were playing very well at the time, our partnership was going well and I can see that from that runout the match has shifted in Australia’s favor,” he said.
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A day before the match, Team India’s playing XI has also been announced. Both Shubhaman Gill and Mohammad Siraj will make their Test debuts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Along with this, Ravindra Jadeja and Shabha Pant have also found a place in the team. Team India’s playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Habshabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.