Ahead of the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted the video of Team India practicing in nets on Wednesday (December 23). Ravindra Jadeja and Shubman Gill were the focus of the net session because the duo spends long hours to get into the groove. It has made the case stronger that they will play the second Test.
With Virat Kohli’s departure, India needs to enter with a strong batting line up to fill in his shoes. Thus, Prithvi Shaw, who has been deemed to have technical flaws in his batting, is likely to be replaced with Gill. The Punjab cricketer is yet to play a Test for India though he has been in the squad for a long. But this time, he can make the Test debut.
Ravindra Jadeja’s return will be a big boost:
Ravindra Jadeja, who sustained the injury during the first T20I match, was also bowling in net in tandem with Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked five wickets in the first Test.
Jadeja was concussed as well as suffered a hamstring injury after scoring match-winning 44* runs in the first T20I, which India won comfortably. He was ruled out of the remaining two T20Is while also was benched in the first Test. But the spin-bowling allrounder has regained his fitness. His return in the Test series will not only add a bowling option but also his batting is going to play a huge role in deciding India’s win.
If India does play both Jadeja, Ashwin and three seamers, then Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari could bat a spot higher and Rishabh Pant could come in place of Wriddhiman Saha purely because of his batting skills.
Mohammed Siraj is also likely to make his debut at MCG as Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the series after he fractured his right arm in the opening Test match.