Staff India vice-captain KL Rahul is making a comeback for the four-match Check collection in opposition to Australia starting on Thursday (February 9) with the primary Check after lacking the limited-overs collection in opposition to New Zealand to get married to Bollywood star Athiya Shetty. Rahul, who has already reached Nagpur for the primary Check and begun coaching with the remainder of Staff India members, turned religious like his former skipper Virat Kohli.
Forward of the Check collection, Rahul, who has been struggling for kind after a forgettable collection in opposition to Bangladesh, turned to religious assist like Kohli. Rahul visited the well-known Sai Baba Mandir in Nagpur forward of the collection.
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Kohli alongside together with his Bollywood star spouse Anushka Sharma and daughter Vamika headed off for a trip as nicely not too long ago which included a religious journey to Swami Dayanand Giri Ashram in Rishikesh.
With Rishabh Pant dominated out of the Check collection in opposition to Australia, there was hypothesis that KL Rahul may very well be requested to maintain wickets. Nonetheless, it appears possible that both Ishan Kishan or KS Bharat – each specialist wicketkeepers – might be taking on the gloves.
“KL has had a number of injuries in the last one year or so. It’s not ideal for him to keep wickets in Tests. The test requires specialist keepers. There are two in the team in Bharat and Ishan. It’s up to the team management to decide who to pick,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by InsideSport web site.
In the meantime, former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist feels Australia will play all-rounder Cameron Inexperienced as a pure batter on the quantity six spot within the first Check in opposition to India starting on Thursday. The 23-year-old is recovering from a surgical procedure on the index finger of his proper hand, which he had damaged in the course of the Boxing Day Check in opposition to South Africa final December.
Australia coach Andrew McDonald has already confirmed that Inexperienced is presently unable to bowl. “Such is the way of this psyche of the selectors and this team, I think they’ll start with Green at six, assuming he’s fully fit and not hindered by that finger injury at all,” Gilchrist instructed ‘Sen Radio’.
“I think that’s the nature of this group, they’re pretty trusting of each other and really keen to back each other in every situation.”
Inexperienced, who has performed 18 Checks, has a mean of 35.04 with the bat and impressed within the three innings in Sri Lanka final 12 months. He has additionally taken 23 wickets together with his seam bowling, with 5/27 as his finest to date.
(with PTI inputs)