Australia and India are set to play in the second Test of the four-match series on Saturday. Viewers will miss their favorite captain Virat Kohli in the match. Who is on paternity leave and fast bowler Mohammad Shami was injured during the first Test? It was clear that India would make two changes to the line-up and they lost another player for the crucial game in the MCG.
Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj are ready to make their test debut. While Prithvi Shaw has been dropped from the team after bad batting in Adelaide. Siraj will replace the injured Shami as the third pacer. The Hyderabad fast bowler lost his father when he was on tour and was eager to impress on his debut and would dedicate it to his father.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja did not play any matches due to injury since the first T20I on the tour although now he is ready to return. He suffered a head injury while batting during the match and was ruled out of the T20I series due to injury. In addition, a hamstring injury also ruled him out of the first Test. The fourth and final change in XI is of Rishabh Pant who has replaced Wriddhiman Saha.
If the line-up given by the BCCI on Twitter is to be believed, Hanuma Vihari is the likely candidate to replace Virat Kohli at number four. Captain Ajinkya Rahane will bat at five. Vihari batted at four during the warm-up games, which were indicative of Kohli taking over.
India will take the field after a long time with both spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin in the Test. Jadeja has been the first choice for the playing eleven in matches outside India, but Ashwin’s brilliant performance in Adelaide was not ignored. Team India is now hoping to make a great comeback in the series after losing the opening Test from a good position.
India’s playing eleven for Boxing Day Test: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 25, 2020