KL Rahul, the opening batsman for India against Australia in the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy, has come under fire for his underwhelming batting performance. Rahul, who served as vice captain for the first two Test matches, has only scored 38 runs in his first three innings. His placement on the team has been questioned by a number of past and present players, who have backed the inclusion of in-form youngster Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, was questioned about Rahul losing his vice-captaincy for the last two Test matches during the pre-game news conference.
Rohit answered the question by stating: “Every one of the team’s 17 members has a chance. Talented players will receive support from the team. The vice-removal captaincy’s has no major implications. He was appointed vice captain perhaps because there weren’t many players with experience at the time. It is not a major issue, “On the eve of the third Test, Rohit stated.
Another series victory for India is expected to increase their sense of invincibility at home, while Australia, who is struggling, would require a Herculean effort to recover in the third Test, which starts in Indore on Wednesday.
With the Border-Gavaskar trophy already in the bag, India will now compete at home for a record-extending 16th consecutive series victory and an assured position in the World Test Championship final in June.
The following players are in the Indian team for the third and fourth tests: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Um