IND vs AUS: This Star Bowler Is All Set To Return For 4th Test: The Indian team management is considering reverting to a winning lineup as the squad looks to clinch a spot in the WTC Final with a victory over Australia in the fourth Test.
Earlier this week, Teams IND VS AUS in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India folded on 109 and 163 in two innings on a field that greatly favoured spinners, and Australia chased down the meagre target of 75 runs with nine wickets remaining. The victory guaranteed Australia a spot in the World Test Championship final, and it appears the Indian team management is leaning towards sticking with the lineup that helped them win the series’ first two Test matches.
Umesh Yadav replaced Mohammed Shami in the starting Eleven as part of the workload management strategy for the third Test. Even though Umesh did manage to take three wickets in the first innings and was a major factor in Australia’s batting collapse on Day 2, India is planning to reintroduce Shami to the lineup for the Ahmedabad Test.
According to a PTI report, the Indian team management opted to spread out the fast bowlers who will compete in the IPL and be considered for the ODI World Cup after consulting with their medical staff. Shami, who participated in the first two Test matches and was also selected for the ODI team, was therefore rested for the third match. Umesh Yadav was chosen as the second pacer following Mohammed Siraj in his place.
According to the source, Umesh, who performed better in Indore and is not a member of the white ball setup, stands a decent chance of sharing the new ball with Shami in Ahmedabad because Siraj only bowled 24 overs in the first three games for one wicket.
However, Mohammed Siraj is most likely to play in the three-match ODI series against Australia from March 17 to 22.
On a dry Motera track that might be favourable for reverse swing, Shami, who has been the finest bowler on display for both teams with seven wickets from 30 or so overs in the series, could prove essential to India’s preparations.
In order to overturn the outcome of Sri Lanka’s forthcoming away series against New Zealand and go to the World Test Championship final, India, who is presently leading the series 2-1, must win the final match.