The preparations are in full swing for Team India as they aim to shrug off the ignominy of 36 all-out in the second innings of the Adelaide Test and stage a fightback in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
With regular skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Shami not available due to paternity leave and injury respectively, India will have two confirmed changes in the playing 11.
However, with opener Prithvi Shaw and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha enduring a nightmarish outing in the first Test, a few more heads might roll in favor of some new ones as India aim to zero-in on an ideal playing combination.
On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of the BCCI posted videos of Team India’s practice-session when rookie batsman Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja can be seen spending long hours in the nets, indicating that the duo might be in the reckoning for the Boxing Day Test.
Shubman Gill is yet to make his Test debut but the Punjab batsman has shown immense promise during the warm-up games that he has played both in New Zealand earlier and now Australia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 23, 2020
Gill outscored Prithvi Shaw in both the practice games. However, the team-management chose Shaw over him for the pink-ball Test. But Shaw’s failure has opened up another window of opportunity for the KKR opener. But it remains to be seen whether he will replace his former U-19 teammate at the top of the order or Virat Kohli, who is unavailable for the rest of the series.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja seems to have fully recovered from his hamstring injury, and with Ravichandran Ashwin performing brilliantly in the first Test, India might be tempted to play the spin duo in Melbourne.
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) December 23, 2020
Also, Rishabh Pant could make his way into the playing 11 because of his batting exploits and also of the fact that India do not have a left-hander in their top-6.
The possibility of a five-man attack can’t be ruled out either with one of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini set to replace the injured Mohammed Shami.
The second Test between Australia and India will take place at the MCG from December 26.