In the first Test match of India tour of Australia, the Men in Blue faced a humiliating defeat against the hosts when the visitors had to end up with 36/9 in the third innings and setting up a below-par target of 90. It was an easy win for the Aussies, they clinched the first Test match by eight wickets and went 1-0 up in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
With the skipper Virat Kohli leaving for his paternity leave, the Indian team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane. Rohit Sharma will join the team in the third Test match. The absence of two-star batsman in the Indian batting line-up will be a big drawback for the visitors. India’s playing XI for the second Test is likely to be changed, they have a few talented players who warmed the benches in the last Test match. The new skipper Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri have to choose the right combination ahead of the second Test match to stay alive in the on-going bilateral series. Let’s have a look at the top three game-changers for India in the upcoming Test match against Australia:
KL Rahul had a great year with the bat in the limited-overs cricket, though playing in the whites is completely a different ball game. The stylish batsman could carry his form and momentum in the longest format also. Rahul’s contribution with the bat will be crucial for the team in the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the second Test match.
Rishabh Pant’s explosive batting abilities could help India in adding quick runs to their total. The southpaw scored 350 runs at an average of 58.33 in four Test matches when the last time India toured Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman has the X-factor which could turn the game around in India’s favour in a quick succession.
Ravindra Jadeja has grown as a batsman in the past couple of years, his heroics with the bat against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final almost got the Indian team over the finishing line. Jadeja’s all-round ability with the ball and bat could help break game changing partnership and also scoring important runs along with the tail enders.