After a thumping victory in the Bangalore Test India and Australia hit with injuries, India were the firm favorites to walk away with a win in Ranchi. However, that was not the case. Australia won a good toss on a pitch that offered the batters more than expected. Steve Smith did a wonderful job and batted for the whole Australian innings.
Pat Cummins was included in the side, playing the longest format of the game after almost six years. He played his heart out and was the best bowler on the pitch. While Indians were also at it in the third Test. They smacked the Australian bowlers for a massive 603. Australian bowlers toiled hard and O’Keefe was the bowler who worked the hardest of all.
There good performances from the players from both the sides. We have taken the best players from the two sides and have formed a combined eleven.
Here is how the combined 11 of India and Australia looks, based on the performances in the third Test.
#1) KL Rahul
Lokesh Rahul has been a consistent performer for India throughout the series. He scored a fifty in Pune and followed it up with two half-centuries in both innings in Bangalore. This form of his continued as he scored another fifty in the only first innings.
Rahul batted beautifully with Vijay and ensured that India were off to a good start. Getting closer to the humongous Australian target was not easy as the pitch was deteriorating rather quickly. Rahul scored 67 runs of the 90 run partnership and ensured that India were in a good position.
He was undone by a superb delivery from Pat Cummins.