Australia vs India: Visitors announce the 13-man squad for Sydney Test
KL Rahul is likely to open the innings.
Updated - Jan 2, 2019 10:10 am
Team India is just a mere draw away from achieving what no other Indian team of the past could achieve – a Test series in Australia. However, Virat Kohli & Co. are on the verge of creating history after winning the third Test in Melbourne. Courtesy of the win in Melbourne, India are leading the four-match series 2-1 and have already retained the Border-Gavaskar series.
The action now shifts to Sydney where the beleaguered hosts will be desperately wanting to put up a good performance after being thoroughly outplayed in the previous game. On the other hand, India will be looking to make the most of the momentum and finally win a tough overseas series after losses in South Africa and England in 2018.
India announce 13-man squad:
A day before the much-awaited clash in Sydney, India revealed their 13-man squad. The tourists named all but two players who played the last game. The team has dropped veteran Ishant Sharma for the last Test while Rohit Sharma will miss the game after flying to India to attend the birth of his child. The 4 new faces in the squad are – Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin.
With Rohit out of the side and Hardik Pandya not named in the 13-man squad, KL Rahul is looking likely to open the innings in Sydney. Hanuma Vihari, who had opened the innings in Melbourne, is likely to return to the middle-order.
The BCCI also confirmed that a call on Ashwin’s participation will be taken on the game-day. The off-spinner had missed the last two Tests due to an abdominal strain and is still not fully fit for the final game. In case, he misses out Ravindra Jadeja looks likely to be in the playing eleven if India decide to play just one spinner.
India’s 13-man squad:
Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav