The first match of the Test series against Ind vs Aus starts in Adelaide tomorrow. A day before the start of this Test, the Indian team management announced the first XI. India’s first XI in the first Test of the Gavaskar-Border series – Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agrawal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Bihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Rabichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Despite a good performance in the practice match, Shubhaman Gill did not get a chance to make his Test debut. The responsibility of wicket keeper is in the hands of captain wriddhiman. Instead of Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj, the team management relied on Umesh’s experience.
India and Australia will play four Tests in the current series. The first test day and night. India will be the first to play pink ball cricket in Australia. Before this Test, there was a lot of speculation in the cricket community about what India’s first XI would look like. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, there was speculation about who would be Mayank’s partner in the open. Many cricket experts
BCCI announces Team India’s playing XI for the first Border-Gavaskar Test against Australia starting tomorrow in Adelaide. pic.twitter.com/h90qGLd7nt
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Because, Prithvi is not seen in rhythm this year. His performance in the IPL after the New Zealand tour was very poor. Despite this, the team management is relying on this promising opener. However, in both the preparation matches, 21-year-old Shubhaman has impressed with the bat. second practice match was played. In that match, he scored 43 and 65 runs in two innings against Australia A in two innings.
Prithvi, on the other hand, had to face criticism from former legendary batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar and Alan Border. Both said that Prithvi was playing more big shots in Test cricket at the beginning of the day. Talking about Prithvi and Hanuma, Kohli said that Shubhaman has not got a chance at this stage of Test cricket and it will be very interesting when he gets a chance. Because he is very confident. Prithvi has performed at the Test stage. But he will play first in Australia. To see how much progress he has made.
Also the team management was a bit hesitant with Hanuma and the fifth bowler. But keeping in mind Australia’s strong bowling line-up, the Indian team management is coming down with that batsman. Hanuma can be seen in the role of a part-time spinner.