Sydney: When the Indian team takes on the field for the third Test against Australia on January 7, then Rohit Sharma (Rohit Sharma) is almost certain to join the team in place of Mayank Agarwal as an opener. At the same time, for the third fast bowler in place of the injured Umesh Yadav, one of Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini (Navdeep Saini) will get a chance.
Mayank Agarwal has failed to score big in 7 of the last 8 Test innings, so that the team management will not have much trouble in replacing Rohit Sharma. In the team management, however, the name of either Saini and Shardul has not been agreed.
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Till a few days ago, Mumbai fast bowler and lower-order useful batsman Shardul Thakur emerged as the first choice but it has been learned that some senior players believe that India’s fastest bowler Navdeep Saini (Navdeep) Saini) can upset the Australian team with his speed.
The Indian team practiced during the day in a net session at the Sydney Cricket Ground where all eyes were on Rohit Sharma. He looked quite comfortable against both fast bowling and spin. It is expected that he will be seen playing a big innings in Sydney.
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There is a delay in deciding the third fast bowler because the main pitch was covered on Tuesday due to bad weather. After seeing the pitch and conditions on Wednesday, the team may be able to make a decision easily. If the sky is cloudy and there is moisture in the pitch, then the chances of Thakur getting elected will increase.
If the pitch is flat then Saini can get a chance. He is capable of bowling at a fast pace and also getting reverse swing from the old ball, in such a situation it can be Saini’s debut in the Test. For Shardul, this debut will be like a match. When he played the first Test officially 2 years ago, he was injured before completing his first over.
For fast bowling, India has another option in the form of T Natarajan. The last 4 months have been excellent for this left-arm fast bowler. On Monday, he also tweeted his photo in the test team’s jersey. Natarajan has experience of 20 first-class matches where he played his last match in the long format (Ranji Trophy) in January last year.
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