Sydney: Team India has included batsman Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Navdeep Saini in the playing eleven for the third Test against Australia starting on Thursday.
Rohit was not in the squad for the first two Tests due to injury but after getting fit and completing the quarantine period, he has been included in the team. Rohit has been replaced in the team in place of opener Mayank Agarwal while Saini has been named in the squad in place of Umesh Yadav, who was ruled out of the series due to injury.
Saini will make his Test debut from the third Test. Saini will make her 299th Yakiladi debut. Earlier in the second Test of Melbourne, opener Shubman Gill and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj made their debut and became the 297th and 298th players respectively for Test debut for India.
Rohit last played a Test match for India in November 2019. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, the Indian selectors made Rohit the vice-captain of the team in place of Cheteshwar Pujara.
For the third fast bowler in Team India, there was a contest between Shardul Thakur, Saini and T Natarajan. Thakur played a Test for India in 2018 while Saini and Natarajan were to make their Test debut. Saini played with the India A team for a long time and was also associated with the Indian team. Given the experience of Saini, the team management gave priority to Thakur and Natarajan.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane said, “We are excited about Rohit joining the team. His experience at a high level matters a lot. Rohit batted very well in the nets. He started practice by reaching Melbourne. In the last few series, he went to play as an opening batsman and in this match also he will play in the top order. ”
The Indian team for the Sydney Test is as follows:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj.