Rohit Sharma explains Mohammed Shami’s absence from the Indore Test. KL Rahul drop from India’s playing XI following a streak of poor performances.
India and Australia are locking horns in the third Test of the four-match series in Indore and one vital player is missing from action. The hosts made two changes to their playing eleven, with opener KL Rahul being withdrawn following a spate of poor scores and being replace by in-form hitter Shubman Gill. The absence of fast bowler Mohammad Shami, who took four wickets in the first innings of the second Test, perplexed everyone.
Captain Rohit Sharma explain Shami’s absence from the Test, stating the fast bowler rested. Sharma also made an intriguing comment on the surface preparations for the fourth Test match in Ahmedabad.
“We aren’t there yet (WTC final) and we have to come and win this game, we have to try and recreate the things we accomplished in the previous two Tests. It is critical to be alert. We’ve made two changes: Gill has replaced KL. “After the toss, we rested Shami,” Rohit remarked.
The ground in Ahmedabad for the fourth Test is expect to be green. Jasprit Bumrah unavailable for the World Test Championship final, the team management is seeking to rest their most experienced seamer from the present squad.
Shami replace by seamer Umesh Yadav, who has an excellent bowling record in India. In home conditions, Yadav has 98 wickets at an average of 25.16.
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Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green included in Australian Playing XI
Australia, on the other hand, made two changes to their playing Eleven, with all-rounder Cameron Green replacing David Warner, who had to travel back to Australia due to an elbow fracture. Mitchell Starc took over for captain Pat Cummins, who flown home to be with his sick mother. In Cummins’ absence, Steve Smith is guiding the Kangaroos in the third Test.
In Indore, Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first. The Indian skipper survive twice in the first over of the contest before being knock out for 12. The ground provided significant assistance to the spinners in the opening session, with the Indian batting crumbling against the spin pair of Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon. Around lunchtime, India was reeling at 84/7, with all important batsmen returning to the hut.
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