A bruised and battered Indian workforce will line up in opposition to hosts Australia at an intimidating venue — The Gabba — the place the Kangaroos have not misplaced since 1988. India have by no means received a Check at The Gabba, plunging the injury-ravaged touring aspect into additional distress. Greater than turning the tables in Brisbane, the Ajinkya Rahane-led aspect will likely be aiming for a draw, particularly when the touring occasion’s dressing room resembles a hospital ward.
After enduring a horror batting collapse within the Check collection opener in Adelaide, the Indian workforce has put up spectacular performances in Melbourne and Sydney, particularly after they have been compelled to resort to their bench.
As India prepares for the fourth and last Check, skipper Rahane and head coach Ravi Shastri will likely be scratching their heads earlier than placing the perfect XI on the bottom. Whereas India’s tempo spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, remains to be being monitored by the workforce administration, Ravindra Jadeja has been dominated out of the collection.
To rub salt to the aspect’s health woes, Mayank Agarwal was hit on the forearm in nets and Ashwin has been battling again spasms. SCG hero Hanuma Vihari has additionally been dominated out of the Brisbane Check following a Grade 2 hamstring tear.
“We’ll take a name tomorrow. The medical workforce is working with all of the injured gamers. If Bumrah is match, he performs, if he isn’t match, he would not play,” batting coach Vikram Rathour mentioned on the pre-match convention.
After a gutsy and awe-inspiring present in Sydney, the fourth Check will likely be nothing however a ‘flight for glory’ for the visiting aspect.
With Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill not being part of the damage record, the workforce administration will not be attention-grabbing in tweaking the opener. If Agarwal is deemed match, he might bat at No.three place, adopted by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane.
After Rishabh Pant’s quick-fire 97 within the third Check, he’ll probably be entrusted to bolster the center order, particularly after Vihari’s oust. India might additionally play solely 4 bowlers as an alternative of 5, selecting Prithvi Shaw or Wriddhiman Saha instead of injured Jadeja.
Washington Sundar might additionally make his Check debut as a like-for-like alternative of Jadeja. If the workforce administration decides to go along with Saha, Pant will probably be stripped of wicketkeeping duties.
Whereas the batting set-up seems respectable, it is the bowling assault which may let India down on a bouncy Gabba wicket. The inexperienced duo of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will lead the tempo battery, with Shardul Thakur coming within the aspect because the third pacer. A naive bowling unit will tackle the likes of Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner. Nonetheless, if Ashwin passes the health check, the veteran will likely be on the helm in Brisbane.
India’s Predicted Taking part in XI for fourth Check: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur/Jasprit Bumrah
Australia’s Taking part in XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Inexperienced, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.