The Australian cricket team left for India for the Border Gavaskar Trophy after the conclusion of their awards night, but Usman Khawaja had to stay due to visa issues. While the rest of the team has already left the country, Khawaja is still confident of his Indian visa being approved, and is, therefore, stuck at home.
The opening batsman is a very important member of the team. He won the inaugural Shane Warne Award as the Men’s Test Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards. Digmar is named after the spinner. Who passed away last year. Khawaja secured 22 votes in his favor to beat Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith
The Australian team left Sydney on 31 January. Khawaja, who is still in Australia, is likely to get his visa approved and leave for India on Thursday, February 2.
India and Australia ready for Border Gavaskar Trophy
For the series, both the teams will start preparing for the all-important Border Gavaskar Trophy, which is set to begin on February 9, and the first of the four Tests will be played at the VCA Stadium Civil Lines in Nagpur.
After this both the teams will go to Delhi for the second Test which will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium from 17th February. The third Test is to be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala from March 1, and the fourth and fourth Tests are to be played in Dharamsala. The final Test will be played from March 9 at the world’s largest cricket stadium – the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The result of the four-match Test series will decide India’s fate in the final of the World Test Championship. While Australia are heavyweights in the WTC rankings and have secured the top spot, India are placed second and need to win the upcoming series to seal their place in the WTC final.