Australia 2020: Modifications to the Indian Team Ahead of A Challenging Australian Tour

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side in Virat Kohli’s absence after the first test

The Indian Team for the Australian series was announced a few weeks ago with some surprising calls and unfortunate exclusions.

Varun Chakravarthy received his maiden Indian call-up while Rohit Sharma missed out on selection due to injury.

An injury to Varun Chakravarthy, however, keeps him waiting for his chance in the Indian side.

He’s been ruled out of the tour and is replaced by state teammate T Natarajan.

T Natarajan has been doing well in the IPL and is a talented death bowler who can bowl Yorkers with ease.

His presence strengthens the death bowling, which already has talents like Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.

Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave and will only be playing the test series’s first match.

He will be available for the limited-overs leg but not for the full test series due to quarantine conditions.

The first test is set to be a day-night affair in Adelaide, and Virat Kohli’s return for the later stages is still unsure and unlikely.
In his absence, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the Indian side.

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Yorker specialist, T Natarajan, earns his first call-up to the Indian Team

Ajinkya Rahane has led the Indian side during Virat Kohli’s absence in the past and is not new to test the captain’s job.
Rohit Sharma will also be traveling to Australia and is likely to be a part of the test sides.

He still hasn’t been included in the limited-overs teams as his fitness is still uncertain.
His inclusion will be a significant boost to the Indian side due to the experience he provides.

Wrridhiman Saha has injured both his hamstrings and is currently in doubt for the test series.
He has struggled with injuries over the past year, and in his absence, Rishabh Pant has kept wickets.

A call on his availability is yet to be made.
Ishant Sharma was ruled out of IPL 2020 with an abdominal muscle tear, and doubts were raised on his availability in the Indian Team.

He will be monitored over the coming days but is likely to be fit ahead of the first test, which is a considerable boost.

Ishant Sharma’s presence would help the Indian Team as he specializes in long spells and allows the others to bowl in short bursts.

Sanju Samson has also been added to the ODI squad after being named only in the T20s.

Rohit Sharma has been named in the Indian Team for the Test series but remains missing from the Limited overs squads

He is likely to be back-up to KL Rahul, who was the only keeper in the squad initially.

Another change to the touring party is the net bowlers that will be traveling with the Indian Team.

Initially, Kamlesh Nagarkoti was to travel as a net bowler along with Ishan Porel and Karthik Tyagi.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti has now withdrawn from the tour as he still has work to do on his workload management and may not be able to take a load of net bowling just yet.

With Rohit Sharma unlikely for in limited-overs and Virat Kohli available for most of the test series, the Indian Team will face a tough challenge in Australia.

They have experienced players such as Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara on the side, and the two will have to step up if the Indians are to stand a chance in the test series.

The first test is to start on December 17th, and is gonna be a day-night test in Adelaide.

The tour consists of four tests and a handful of limited overs scheduled.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.