Thu. Feb 25th, 2021


A day ahead of third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India on Wednesday announced the playing XI. Apart from Rohit Sharma making a comeback in the squad, right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini will make his Test debut as he replaces injured Umesh Yadav. ALSO READ | India vs Australia, Sydney Test: India Announce Playing XI For Third Test; Rohit Returns As Opener, Saini To Make Debut

Navdeep Saini was not picked in the squad initially as the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer had been recovering from a back niggle he picked up during the limited-overs series. However, with some impressive performances in the nets, the management perhaps thought there is no reason for Saini to drop down the pecking order. Saini, 28, has so far played seven ODIs and 10 T20Is for India.

However, the crickets fans are left divided over the playing XI as Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan were added as injury replacements.

A few days back, Mumbai seamer and useful lower-order batsman Shardul Thakur was considered a favourite but some senior players reportedly feel that India’s fastest bowler by a distance, could be used to unsettle the wobbly Australian batting line-up with his raw pace.

Here’s how netizens reacted to India’s playing XI:

The series is currently tied at 1-1 with Australia winning the first Test in Adelaide while India registering a win in the second in Melbourne.

India Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini.

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