When the Indian team starts playing their second T20 on the tour of Australia, then the Test specialist players will have landed on the ground to play a three-day practice match before that. This match between Sydney’s DrMoney Oval India A and Australia A from 6 to 8 December has brought many questions to the Indian team. Meanwhile, the Indian team also has to play the remaining two matches of the T20I series against Australia. There are many players in the Indian team who play in all three formats. Under normal circumstances, this practice match does not take place between separate T20 series. But many uncertain things are happening in the Corona era.
Now the question is, which players of Team India will leave the international match and go to play in this practice match being played for the preparation of the Test series. As far as captain Virat Kohli is concerned, it seems that he will play in an international match. He will not play a red-ball test match anyway. He will return to India after the first Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Series and this Test match to be held in Adelaide from 17 December will be played with pink ball. So it will be good for Kohli to play in the second practice match which will be done with pink ball. This second practice match will be held from 11 December.
The team has specialist T20 bowlers
The Indian team has specialist T20 bowlers, so it can send either Mohammed Shami or Jaspreet Bumrah for this practice match. KL Rahul can also play in international matches. However, India has also selected Sanju Samson on the tour and in such a situation, there is an option to send Rahul to the practice match. Much depends on whether Rahul is planning for playing XI in Tests.
Apart from this, there are many questions before the Indian team. With regard to bowling, batting, wicketkeeping and team combination. The team has to play two practice matches before the first Test. And the second practice match will be played with pink ball from 11 December. In the second practice match, the Indian team probably will not have such a dilemma about the selection because by then the T20 International series will be over.
Test specialist batsmen got a chance
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are Test specialist batsmen in the team. Both these players did not play in the IPL. Why did both Pujara and Vihari play competitive cricket for the last time in March. Pujara played in the Ranji Trophy final and Vihari was in the Test match against New Zealand. Both of them were to go on to play county cricket in England after that but Corona put a break on it. Now the practice match will be a good chance for the two to regain their rhythm before the Test match. Both of them would like to prepare as much as possible before the big exam.
Many options for opener, it is necessary to choose the right one
Rohit Sharma is not on this tour. The New Zealand tour did not go well for Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. Apart from this, Shubman Gill and KL Rahul are also contenders for the opener. Team India will have a chance to confirm their opening pair before the Test match.
Pace bowling kiosk
Team India has gone with many fast bowlers on this tour. However, Ishant Sharma’s injury during the IPL is a setback for the team’s plan. Ishant gives Indian bowling an experience. It was Australia where Ishant dominated the cricket scene. He was in good form for some time. Together with Shami and Bumrah, he was strengthening the Indian bowling attack. Ishant was not allowing the pressure to subside. India have Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj as Ishant’s substitutes. And hopefully everyone can get a chance in the practice match against Australia A. The team will field three or four fast bowlers in the first Test match against Australia.
Also the question of who is the spinner
Ravindra Jadeja is out of the T20 series due to concussion and so he is not expected to play in this practice match. However, the big question is whether he will play in the first Test match. In such a situation, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav may have a fight for the second spinner. Ashwin was not part of the team when India last played a Test match in Australia. When Yadav and Jadeja were in the playing eleven. Australia’s pitches are not very helpful for spinners. So will the Indian team give a chance to two spinners? But the team’s top batsmen do not bowl and in such a situation it can be a dilemma. However, for some time, the team management has been relying more on wrist spinners than finger spinners. In such a situation, Yadav will have a chance to impress the team management and strengthen his claim for the first Test.
Wicketkeeper kaun pant or saha
Rishabh Pant was once the first choice of the Indian team management as a wicketkeeper in every format. But recently Pant’s form has been angry with him. He could not impress with his bat in the IPL as well. On the other hand, Saha got Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay apart from batting in limited occasions. He batted very fast. Saha is considered India’s best wicketkeeper in terms of wicketkeeping skills. However, both of Saha’s hamstrings were injured during the IPL and now it will be their chance to get their rhythm before the Test.