The first Test between India and Australia will be played in Adelaide from December 17.
The first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will be played in Adelaide from December 17. The Adelaide Test match will be day-night. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has selected an 18-member squad for the Test series against Australia. There are five players who have played as openers at one time or another.
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December 15, 2020, 2:37 pm IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has selected an 18-member squad for the Test series against Australia. There are five players who have played as openers at one time or another. These players are Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari. What is special is that neither of these batsmen can be said to be in excellent form nor can they be called out of form. One term often used in sports – ‘good headache’ means good headache. Virat would have had a similar headache before the Test match.
Mayank Agarwal confirmed the play
Out 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 made a good start. However, he could not extend his innings. He has scored half a century in the second practice match. In such a case, one end of the opening is certain to be assigned to them.Also read: IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli was brazen for breaking Ricky Ponting’s world record, Adelaide will witness!
Earth show in extreme aggression
Prithvi Shaw is considered to be an aggressive batsman of Virender Sehwag style. But recently, it has been seen that they are losing sharp wickets. Sunil Gavaskar says Shaw plays more shots early and that is a big reason for him to lose his wicket.
3 contenders for the 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 playing suit seems even stronger. They are found in good rhythm. His 5 scores on the Australia tour are 33, 0, 29, 43, 65. Alan Border has also backed Gill’s claim. Gavaskar also says that it would be appropriate to open with Mayank and Gill in the first Test.
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KL and Vihari claim to be weak
KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari could also be substitutes. But team management probably wants to try both of these in the middle order. Perhaps this is the reason why KL was not tried in a practice match. Vihari opened on his last tour of Australia. They also do useful sp fuspin bowling. In such a situation, he is likely to be selected for the sixth position. Australia will not choose to experiment further with Vihari in their day-night Test against Australia.