After losing the first match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, the Indian team is now ready to start the series afresh. In the absence of Virat Kohli, the team will now be headed by Ajinkya Rahane. For the second Test against Australia in Melbourne starting on Saturday, Team India has also announced its playing eleven with four major changes. Whereas Australia coach Justin Langer has indicated only the landing of the first match team.
After being bowled out for 36 runs in Adelaide and then losing by eight wickets, the Indian team will look to compete in the second Test but the challenge will be tough for them in the absence of captain Virat Kohli. In the last few years, the Indian team has not faced such conditions as Adelaide.
On the other hand, the embarrassing defeat of the first match and the absence of their best players Kohli and Shami in the rest of the matches, the dual responsibility has fallen on the acting captain Ajinkya Rahane. The good thing though is that future star Shubman Gill is all set to make his Test debut. Similarly, there are young bowlers like Mohammed Siraj to fill the gap of injured Mohammed Shami.
The manner in which the defeat was more than the defeat of the first match, the Indian team will continue to suffer for years. The next few days will be a real test for Indian players who face a confident team of Tim Paine who are celebrating Christmas without their family.
Australian captain Tim Paine has said that his team will not take any chances in this Test although there will be no change in the playing XI. Penn said, “We know that India is proud of its cricket and it is a very talented team. She will definitely return to MCG. ‘
The lack of Kohli cannot be compensated but Rahane will have to take additional responsibility and he can come up the batting order. Cheteshwar Pujara can play with restraint but coach Ravi Shastri has to tell him that it is equally important to keep the run rate sharp so that the pressure on the rest of the batsmen is reduced.
In the absence of Shami, the responsibility of bowling attack on Jaspreet Bumrah and Umesh Yadav will increase. At the same time, the Indian batsmen will also have to be mentally strong when facing Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.