The series of high-voltage tests between India and Australia will begin on Thursday with the daytime test in Adelaide. It will be the first time that the Indian team will play a pink ball test abroad and fans can’t wait to see how Virat Kohli & co. behaves in difficult conditions.
The Indian squad performed brilliantly in Kohli’s absence warm-up match against Australia-A squad, sparking hopes among fans that the Adelaide match could be closer than people expected.
Australia is also facing questions about their squad setup as David Warner was excluded from the first test due to a groin injury and young Will Pucosvki could also jump due to concussion related issues. But for India, there is an important question ahead of them in the four-match test series, can they make it without Virat Kohli?
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The first Test in Adelaide will be the only match in the four-test series for Kohli as he has been granted paternity leave and will be returning home for the birth of his first child after the game. Ajinkya Rahane is expected to take on the captain role after Kohli’s departure from test 2, but cricket pundits believe it would be a tough challenge for India to win the series in Kohli’s absence.
Rahane was asked to lead Indian troops in Kohli’s absence during a virtual press conference ahead of the first test, and said he is currently focusing on the Adelaide test.
“I believe in staying in the moment,” Rahane said.
“Right now, Virat is our captain… it’s about me doing my best in this test. and helping Virat. After that, we will discuss our plan, “he added.
India had won the prestigious Border-Gavaskar trophy the last time they traveled to Australia in 2018/19, but the Australian team led by Tim Paine were hoping to seek revenge this time.