The Indian cricket team gave a perfect bye-bye to 2020 as they beat the Australian team in the 2nd test match. This win by team India got a lot of attention from cricket fans and cricket experts.
Because no one was expecting team Indian to deliver a stunning performance after being all out for 36 runs in the second inning of the series’s first test match. Plus, India was playing without Virat Kohli.
So Ajinkya Rahane took charge of captaincy and defeated Australia by eight wickets that helped them level the 4 matches series 1-1.
Captain Rahane smashed an exceptional century and led the team from the front. Not only Ajinkya Rahane, but many other players also played a crucial role in this historic victory. Outstanding bowling performance from Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin added enhanced the morale of all players.
Meanwhile, debutant Mohammed Siraj also contributed with important wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja did what we all expect from him. With brilliant all-round play, Jadeja justified his spot in the team. He added extra depth in the batting order with the bat and put Australia in trouble with the ball as well.
Shubman Gill got the chance to open the inning in the first test match of his career. Gill did well enough to earn the trust of team management.
Moreover, he has shown the potential to be a long-time option for an opener in test cricket.
Despite these fortunate things, there are still some areas of concern for the Indian team that needs.
Kl Rahul for Chateswar Pujara
Pujara is known as the backbone of team India in test matches. But from the last matches, he failed to justify this title. Not only his failure with runs, but his strike-rate is also a matter of discussion. We all know the strike rate is not that important in test matches. But in many cases, it becomes important.
Pujara is absorbing too many deliveries to get set. In the last test match, he took 70 balls to make just 17 runs. He is not converting his start into big runs and putting extra pressure on the rest of the batsmen.
So, we should not be surprised if he does not get a place in the final 11 in the next match.
Now the question is, who can replace him?
In our view, KL Rahul is the best choice for it. Kl Rahul is in his prime form in white-ball cricket. So, team India can take a chance with him. Rahul can put extra pressure on Australian bowlers with his extraordinary stroke-making ability as well. Further, many cricket experts believe that KL Rahul can be the best choice for number 3 in test matches for India.
Rohit Sharma will be back
Finally, Rohit Sharma will come back in playing 11. His arrival will add extra strength to the batting order, especially in the opening. Mayank Agarwal played the first two test matches as an opener. But his batting disappointed everyone. So, he will not play the next game.
T Natarajan to play the debut test match
Team India has included the Left-arm fast bowler T Natarajan test squad for the last two matches as a replacement of injured Umesh Yadav.
His inclusion will provide more variety in the bowling attack. In IPL 2020 and T20 series against Australia in this tour, he has proved himself a match-winner. However, this is the test match, and there’s a big difference between Test and T20.
So, team India needs to think twice before taking any decision on him.
In a test match, a bowler needs bowl long spells all day.
Moreover, he has not played first-class test matches. Therefore, picking him can mess things up for India as well.
On the other hand, India has two choices – Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur. They are more experienced than Natarajan.
But we cannot deny the fact that Natarajan can still perform better than these two experienced fast bowlers.
Because he will play the first test match of his career, and many Australian batsmen are yet to face him.
So, his bowling may be good ammunition against the Aussies.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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