The performance of the Indian team in the World Test Championship was good. The team traveled to the final. Team India may have had to face defeat in the final, but in the last two-three years, the Indian team has shown a strong game overall. The bowlers have played an important role in the amazing victory that the Indian team has achieved during this period. Along with this, the bowlers have also hidden the weak performance of the batsmen. Whereas on many occasions, the batsmen have failed to make an impact in different situations.
The bowlers are strong, the batsmen have to show the edge
Batting seems to be a weak link in Indian cricket. It is true that India have built a strong bowling attack but at the same time there is another problem that surrounds the team. The team now has to find good options in Test batting.
Test series starts from Thursday
The Indian team will play a two-Test series against New Zealand from Thursday, November 25. Through this series, the Indian team will have a chance to explore and test their options. This series could be the beginning of a transition in the middle-order.
big players out
Regular Test captain Virat Kohli will not play the first Test match. Rohit Sharma decides to take rest and KL Rahul is ruled out due to injury. He has a muscle injury in his left thigh. Hanuma Vihari, known to be a Test specialist, is on a tour of South Africa with India ‘A’. India has to visit there from next month. This tour of India A can be called a trial.
Rahane-Pujara in charge
Both Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara – who is the captain and vice-captain in the first Test – have been battling poor form. Both are 34 years old. Of course, their experience is invaluable, but it doesn’t take much time to prepare an expert option. Remember the tough times the Indian team had to go through when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid left.
Dravid wants to try all options
The inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav in the Test team in place of KL Rahul shows that head coach Rahul Dravid is keen to try out all available options. Along with Dravid, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill will also be looked at very seriously.
Gill will open!
After Rahul’s injury, it is clear that Gill will now open the innings. The entire international career so far has been that of an opener. Gill, who was ruled out of the series against England in July due to injury, was being tried in the middle order first. But now he will be seen only as an opener. But if sources are to be believed, he is also being seen as a substitute for a middle-order batsman in the future.
what do priests say
Cheteshwar Pujara said during the press conference on Tuesday, ‘I cannot disclose about Gill’s batting position at the moment. He is a talented batsman. A player like him doesn’t need to worry too much. He has played very good cricket in the last two years. They just have to show their natural game. But I can’t tell where he will bat.
Counter-attacking is in sight
According to the Times of India news, one of the reasons behind choosing Iyer in place of Vihari in the team was that the management wanted an aggressive player in the middle order in the absence of Rohit, Virat and Rishabh Pant. The idea behind this is that such players should be given opportunities who have the ability to counter attack. Pujara, Rahane, Vihari and Wriddhiman Saha are all the same type of batsman and so there is room for an attacking batsman.
After the disappointment in the World Test Championship final and the T20 World Cup, Rahul Dravid’s first task is to stabilize the atmosphere. Pujara and Rahane will only benefit from this calm atmosphere.