With Cheteshwar Pujara also scoring a century now, it has become quite difficult for the Indian selectors as well as the team management to decide what would be the playing XI of the team for the first test match against South Africa if all the players are fit.
So far in Virat Kohli’s short tenure as test captain, India has been playing with 5 specialist batsmen, an all rounder, a wicketkeeper batsman and 4 specialist bowlers and they are believed to continue with this formation for the home season too.
While, the likes of Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli are the established members of the team and are the certainties in the XI, there are 4 players who are currently in contention for the other 2 batting spots and all of them have shown good form and have scored runs recently, whether it’s KL Rahul, Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan or even Rohit Sharma.
Rohit might not have a hundred to his name of late, but, he has scored a few crucial half centuries for the team.
Dhawan scored back to back hundreds against Bangladesh and then, in the first test match against Sri Lanka which was played at Galle.
KL Rahul, after justifying his selection for the Australia tour with a hundred in Sydney, scored another one in Colombo to help India level the series and has made it very hard for the management to leave him out at this point of time. Read more »
The experts always criticize Umesh Yadav for his tendency to lose line and length regularly.
As per the experts, Umesh tries to do too much when he is at bowling crease. In almost all his spells, he goes for more and more pace and thus, ends up falling on the pads of the batsman or giving him too much room.
But, in the Pakistan encounter yesterday in South Australia, Umesh showed how great an asset pace can prove to be.
The Nagpur bowler though started typically bowling some rubbish deliveries and giving easy runs away, but, he came back for his second spell in a very good rhythm.
The match was delicately poised at that time with Pakistan having crossed the 100 mark at the loss of only 2 wickets. Read more »
The Indian bowlers had a good day on the field at Gliderol Stadium on the first day of their second practice game as they got the opposition all out below 250.
Varun Aaron led the way for India as his extra bounce was something that the batsmen found difficult to manage.
Yes, most of the batsmen there in that XI which was up against India were not the top cricketers in the domestic circuit of Australia.
It was an XI composed of youngsters, but, still, Aaron’s bowling was fantastic. On quicker pitches like Brisbane and Perth, the 25-year old will have his tail up.
Aaron was given the new ball today. Generally, he comes as the first change bowler as he is not known that much for his swing. Read more »