The 4-match Test series between India and Australia is currently 1–1. (File photo)
4 out of 5 players from Team India facing allegations of breaking the Corona protocol have got a place in the Sydney Test. The third Test against Australia in Sydney is going to start on Thursday. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw got into controversies over a meal at a restaurant in Melbourne. Barring Prithvi, the remaining players have been selected in the team.
2 changes have been made to the team. Vice-captain Rohit, who came in the team in place of Mayank Agarwal, will open with Team Shubman. At the same time, fast bowler Navdeep Saini will make his Test debut. He has been included in place of Umesh Yadav.
Cricket Australia and BCCI investigating 5 players
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw went to dinner at a restaurant in Melbourne on 1 January. There they were sitting in indoor seating instead of outdoor. A fan had paid the bill for all this and also made a video. After this, the players were accused of breaking the rules related to the Corona protocol and bio bubble. Cricket Australia and BCCI are investigating against them. All five players were isolated. His corona test report came negative before reaching Sydney.
The team is like this
Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj.
Opener Rohit Sharma returns after one year in Test
Rohit played the last Test match against Bangladesh in November 2019. Then he played in the team as an opener. Rohit, who has played 32 Tests so far, has played only 5 Tests as an opener. These five matches he played in India in 2019. After this, he was injured and dropped out of the team before the Test series in New Zealand. He could not play the first two Tests of the current series due to injury.
Rohit has scored 176, 127, 14, 212, 6 and 21 runs in six innings as an opener. His Test career best score is also 212, which he made against South Africa as an opener.
Pujara and Hanuma struggling with poor form in middle order
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are struggling with poor form in the middle order. Both have played 2–2 Tests in the series. In this, Pujara has scored 63 and Vihari has scored 45 runs. It is necessary for the team to win. Ajinkya Rahane is in the middle order. He is captaining in the absence of Kohli and is also the top scorer of the series so far.
Bumrah with Ashwin-Jadeja in bowling
After bowling out of Shami and Umesh in the bowling, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have responsibility for bowling along with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. He also won the second Test for the team on his own. Ashwin and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins have taken the most 10–10 wickets in the series.
Mayank out of team due to bad form
Mayank Agarwal has been out of form for the last few matches. He scored 147 runs in 9 innings of the last 5 matches. During this time, his best score is 58 runs.
Mayank scored just 147 runs in the last 5 Tests.
|First innings||Second shift||Against||field||year|
|14 runs||Did not get a chance||Bangladesh||Eden gardens||November 22, 2019|
|34 runs||58 runs||New zealand||Basin reserve||February 21, 2020|
|7 runs||3 runs||New zealand||Hagley oval||February 29, 2020|
|17 runs||9 runs||Australia||Adelaide oval||17 December 2020|
|0||5 runs||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||26 December 2020|
Three Indian players out of series due to injury
Team India’s 3 players Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Lokesh Rahul have been out of the series due to injury. Regular captain Virat Kohli is on paternity leave after the first Test. In such a situation, the difficulties of the team have increased considerably.
Weather and Pitch Report
There is a possibility of rain in Sydney on Thursday. After this the next 4 days will be cloudy. The minimum temperature is forecast to be 16 degrees and the maximum temperature is 21 degrees Celsius. The Sydney pitch will help the batsmen. The spinners will also get help on the fourth and fifth day of the Test. Like the Brisbane and Perth pitches here, fast bowlers will not get extra bounce.