India’s recent test exploits in Australia has been extremely noteworthy and Virat Kohli will be raring to continue with a similar momentum when these two sides clash in India’s tour of Australia. In a situation which doesn’t just seem grim for fans all around the globe, even players will have to go through stringent tests before entering the bio-secure bubble that will put even the best of batsmen to challenges unanticipated and unprecedented.
As BCCI declared their latest squad of India against Australia, there were no surprises in the Test squad barring the introduction of Shubman Gill, the youngster who has fairly impressed in the shorter version of the game with some expressive strokeplay.
We will look at the likeliest starting eleven in the four tests that India will be playing against Australia in their den.
KL Rahul and Shubman Gill
This won’t be a cakewalk for both the openers as Australia boasts of one of the most fearsome fast bowling attacks in the form of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in red-ball cricket and with the new ball in hand, they will brewing not just storms but cyclones for these two. Rahul has previously been exposed to such lethal bowling and will be the one to weather the storm while Gill will have to wait it out until the shine on the ball wears off and then he can bring the bunny out of his hat and start carving those beautiful strokes that he was chosen in this side for.
Virat Kohli (cap), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja
Virat Kohli is one of the most successful Indian batsmen in the Australian soil and will be a leading pick for the Indian test team given his recent heroics against the Aussies. He is not just resilient but his belligerence against the bowlers that gets expressed in the form of exotic cricketing strokes makes him one of the best batsmen of the side.
Cheteshwar Pujara has undoubtedly been the best Test batsman in the Indian side for the last few years. His ability to bat deep and weather any storm will make him a ferocious contender in the Indian Test squad to disrupt the Australians. As a matter of fact, he is more like Steven Smith. He loves to keep on batting and simply doesn’t get tired.
Ajinkya Rahane is an experienced campaigner and is known for his brilliant shots and inhuman agility. He is a brilliant batsman and his flair to hang in there will propel India’s chances of posting a mammoth total on the cards or even stitch together a response in case of Australia’s dominance with the bat.
Wriddhiman Saha will be India’s first-choice wicket-keeper despite the availability of Rahul as it will provide India with an extra batting option and also the keeper from Bengal has been in extraordinary touch with his gloves on. He is fit, agile, quick and is also a commanding leader behind the stumps.
Ravindra Jadeja has been everywhere in India’s latest campaigns and his salience in the Chennai Super Kings side with the bat will once again give India a thousand reasons to include him in the side. He is a persistent batter and definitely one of the best spinners in the Indian side. His fielding is now the standard that preceptors aim to train their fielders up to.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami
The tail will witness the return of Ravichandran Ashwin whose inclusion in the squad will provide India with an additional batting option as Ashwin vaunts about impressive batting figures. He will also be an important pick in the side when it comes to bowling as he is a senior campaigner and his preceding heroics in Australia is nothing short of legendary.
Kuldeep Yadav will savour some sharp turn on the latter days of the game as he is touted as the perfect counterpart to Australia’s Nathan Lyon. Yadav has proven to be a significant nemesis for David Warner and India will not like to squander any opportunity to claim Warner early.
Jasprit Bumrah will definitely be India’s most important option, considering the variation that he houses. He is also a tremendous trap-setter that compels the batsmen to walk to their demise. Also, he is highly unpredictable given the mixture of his weapons that very well can leave even the best of batsmen bamboozled.
Mohammad Shami will be India’s best bet in the longest format of the game as he can swing the ball by a good deal and will be one of the lethal fast bowlers in the Indian echelons. He can also bowl in those minatory in-swinging yorkers that will cause a good deal of fuss for the Australian batsmen, especially with the new ball.