Aus vs Ind: Team India announce Playing XI for 1st Test

The Indian Cricket team have announced the playing XI for the 1st Test match against Australia in Adelaide on Wednesday. The team sheet for the day/night Test scheduled to begin from Thursday at the Adelaide Oval, was issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Twitter. Amidst a lot of debate, India have opted to square off with an experienced squad.

Wriddhiman Saha has turned out to be the favourite ahead of Rishabh Pant as the wicketkeeper, despite the latter racking up a 73-ball ton in the second warm-up game against Australia A. Shubman Gill will have to wait for his Test debut as Prithvi Shaw has been included as the opener beside Mayank Agrawal.

And as foretold by the pundits, Umesh Yadav has been roped in as the third pacer while Ravichandran Ashwin will be the spinner in the team. Virat Kohli will be backed up by vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah have also been named in the pink ball Test squad.

Here’s the full Team Sheer of the Indian Cricket Team for the 1st Test:

This will be the first time India and Australia will play a pink-ball Test between them. Ahead of the Test, Virat Kohli opened up about Rahane’s capability as the captain in the former’s absence for the rest of the Tests.

Talking at the pre-match conference, Kohli quipped, “Firstly we have had a lot of mutual understanding and respect over the years, we’ve had great partnerships batting together which is based on trust and understanding what needs to be done for the team. Jinks has done a tremendous job (as captain) in the two practice games. He seems to be very composed and he knows the strengths of our team and how we have to go about our things.”

Commenting on Steve Smith’s sore back, Kohli said, “I don’t think the back’s got anything to do with us changing our plans to him or any other batter. Our plans are pretty much sorted and ready for all the batsmen we are going to come up against. And we have to make sure we execute those plans consistently and as efficiently possible to be able to trouble them and get those breakthroughs and dismiss them at the right times during the Test match.”