India Announces Playing XI; Shubhman Gill and Siraj Set to make Debut while Rishabh Pant gets spot ahead of KL Rahul

Rutunjay Dole
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Indian team management has announced Playing XI for the Boxing Day Test against Australia starting from 26th December. India made three changes in the squad; with Shubhman Gill replacing Virat Kohli, Mohammad Siraj replacing Shami. While poor performers Shaw and Saha will be replaced by Pant and Jadeja.

The squad looks much different than before but still requires strong and experienced batting options. The only two batsmen Rahane and Pujara are the experienced batting options for India rest are young and fresh. While India would miss their reliable pacer Shami in the bowling attack but Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Siraj will fill his place.

India lose the first match in this bilateral series due to poor batting performance in the second innings; Indian playing XI got trolled due to the loss. Many critics suggested better options and tactics while some said that it’s going to be difficult to choose one when you have so many options.

In the absence of Virat Kohli Rahane will lead the team. The batting line-up is still confusion though. As Rahane opened Indian innings last time years before and he was continuously played as a middle order option over the period. Team features Hanuma VIhari and Shubhman Gill; one of them would join Mayank Agarwal to open the innings or it would be captain Rahane himself.

Rishabh Pant on the other hand got his way ahead of KL Rahul, there were discussions that Rahul should be in playing XI as no experienced players are there in the middle Rahul would perform for the team. But team has decided to go with their 2nd Wicket Keeping option Rishabh Pant over Wriddhiman Saha.

Ravindra Jadeja has made his comeback after suffering from Hamstring Injury on the same tour in 1st T20I game. With Jadeja India will play with 5 bowling options which is their one of the method from last few years.