On a gloomy day at Dharamsala, the Australian team won the toss and decided to bat first with an unchanged squad in the decider of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. For India, captain Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the fourth and the final Test match, and it was Ajinkya Rahane who came out at the toss ceremony as the stand-in skipper. This made Rahane the 33rd Test captain of the Indian cricket team.
Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav made his Test debut replacing Virat Kohli. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in for Ishant Sharma. There was also no place for Mohammed Shami and Shreyas Iyer, who officially joined the Indian team on Friday.
Both the teams will fight tooth and nail in this contest as the series has gone down to the wire. At present, both the team owns one win in three games, and the team winning this contest will take away the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Here is the playing XI of both the teams –
Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Chetehwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Steven Smith (C), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon.