The Indian team could not win the three-day practice match. Australia A drew the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground with the help of an unbeaten 111 from Ben McDermut (107 *) and Jack Wildermath. The Indian team management might not be too worried about not winning. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would like to look at the positives before the Test series starting on 17 December. Our partner Times of India has made a list of positive things that Indian team can achieve from this match.
Shubman Gill batted at number three in both innings. There was a positivity in his batting. He seems to have an edge over his closest rival Prithvi Sau for the second opener. However, the management of KL Rahul as a surprise elsewhere is different. Gill is aware of his off-stump and is also capable against short balls. He scored 43 and 65 runs respectively in both innings.
Mohammed shami’s bowling
Shami took five wickets in the match. The most important thing in this is that he took all five wickets in the first session of the day. This session is considered difficult for the bowlers in the day-night test. That too especially in this hot weather of Australia. This is the time between the test match lunch to the tee when the ball has the least movement. But Shami troubled Australia a lot on the second and third day with the pink ball.
It is also believed that Shami’s bowling will become more lethal after the lights burn. But the good thing is that he is troubling the batsmen in the first session, which will definitely increase Kohli’s happiness. Jaspreet Bumrah and Navdeep Saini also played their roles without wearying.
Century of Hanuma Vihari
At number six, Hanuma Vihari also played his role well. He scored a brilliant century. The good thing was that he scored this century in the evening when batting is the most difficult. If the artificial light is burning then it is a big challenge for the batsmen to keep pace with the light. He also did not have any problem with the bounce. Vihari showed that he is ready for the series.
Vihari, who failed in the first innings, said, ‘Good practice and I think the pink ball came well on the bat in the evening. The bounce will not bother too much because we had prepared for it.
Lower order batsmen’s power
The Indian team has suffered from the poor performance of its lower order batsmen at times. But in this match Bumrah (55 *) and Mohammad Siraj (22) added 71 runs for the last wicket. Both of them supported the team when the Indian middle order wobbled. It is also possible that Bumrah and Siraj may have batted without pressure, but still both of their bats raised an expectation.
Rishabh Pant’s form
It is true that the 103-run knock off 73 balls came when the Australian bowlers had lost some kind of motivation, but Pant, who failed miserably in the IPL, definitely indicated his return to form. Pant’s batting, however, has given a challenge to the team management that after all, he will choose between him and Wriddhiman Saha in the team. Saha is considered to be a better wicketkeeper but Pant’s counter attack is also an important point.