Melbourne: The Indian team, facing the embarrassment of being all out for 36 runs in the first Test, will enter the second Test today with the intention of equalizing. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, this challenge will be very difficult for the visiting team.
In the last few years, Team India has not faced the situation like Adelaide. The embarrassing defeat of the first match and the absence of his best player Kohli in the rest of the matches. Acting captain Ajinkya Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) will have dual responsibility in such a situation.
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The good thing though is that future star Shubman Gill is ready to debut in Test cricket. Similarly, a young bowler like Mohammed Siraj will be present in the field to fill the gap of injured Mohammed Shami.
The way in which the defeat has been more than the defeat of the first match, it will continue to crush the Indian team for years. The next few days will be a real test of Indian players who face a team of confident Tim Paine.
Gill will start the innings with Mayank Agarwal replacing Prithvi Shaw, who is battling poor form. Mayank, who was out cheaply in the first Test, would also like to play a good innings at the ground where he played the first Test.
– BCCI (@BCCI) December 25, 2020
Rishabh Pant, who scored a 73-ball century in a practice match, will continue to play aggressively, which is also needed by the team. He shone on the Australian tour of 2018-19 but lost both form and confidence last year which could not make it to the limited overs squad.
Ravindra Jadeja has recovered from hamstring and head injury. He can prove to be very useful with his all-round game and experience. It is believed that Hanuma Vihari will be sent up the batting order.
Australia captain Tim Paine has said that his team will not take any chances in this Test although there will be no change in the playing XI. Penn said, ‘We know that India is proud of its cricket and it is a very talented team. She will definitely return to the MCG.
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– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 24, 2020
The lack of Kohli cannot be compensated but Rahane will have to take additional responsibility and he can come up the batting order. Cheteshwar Pujara (Cheteshwar Pujara) can play with restraint but coach Ravi Shastri has to tell him that keeping the run rate fast is equally important so that the pressure from the rest of the batsmen is reduced.
In the absence of Mohammed Shami, responsibility will be increased on Jaspreet Bumrah and Umesh Yadav. At the same time, Indian batsmen will also have to be mentally strong when facing Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Australia’s Playing XI: Tim Paine (captain), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.
India’s Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.
– BCCI (@BCCI) December 25, 2020
Match Start Time: Indian time from 5 in the morning.
field: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria.