India announced their playing XI for the historic first-ever pink-ball Test match against Australia. The BCCI made the announcement through a social media post on Wednesday.
There was a lot of talking about India’s openers, wicket-keeper and the third seamer to back up Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the lead up to the four-match Test series.
However, the Indian team management overcame the selection dilemma as it named Prithvi Shaw as Mayank Agarwal’s opening partner. Wriddhiman Saha was picked over Rishabh Pant, who smashed a rollicking 73-ball hundred in the second practice match against Australia A in Sydney.
The trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane forms a rock-solid middle-order. Hanuma Vihari grabs the No 6 spot who rocked Australia A with a well made hundred in the pink-ball practice match. He returned with an unbeaten 104 off 194 balls, handing a mammoth 472-run lead to the Indians in the second innings.
The bowling line-up is comprised of three pacers and a spinner. The management chose youngsters over experienced guys, naming R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in the eleven.
India’s playing XI for 1st Test against Australia:
Mayank Agrarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohamamed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that he is excited to see how Prithvi Shaw performs on the Aussie soil as it would be his first series Down Under.
“Prithvi has performed at the Test level but he would be playing in Australia for the first time. I think it is very exciting to see his progress as well,” Kohli said in the pre-match virtual press-conference.
“Mayank did well here when he last came during the 2018-19 series. It is exciting to have young guys in the field, you can literally tell them to enjoy their skillsets in the middle,” he added.