Facing allegations of breaking Corona protocol, 4 out of 5 players from Team India have got a place in Sydney Test. The third Test against Australia in Sydney is going to start on Thursday. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, and Prithvi Shaw got into controversies over a meal at a restaurant in Melbourne. Barring Prithvi, the remaining players have been selected in the team.
2 changes have been made to the team. Vice-captain Rohit, who came in the team in place of Mayank Agarwal, will open with Team Shubman. At the same time, fast bowler Navdeep Saini will make his Test debut. He has been included in place of Umesh Yadav.
Cricket Australia and BCCI investigating 5 players
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw went to dinner at a restaurant in Melbourne on 1 January. There they were sitting in indoor seating instead of outdoor. A fan had paid the bill for all this and also made a video. After this, the players were accused of breaking the rules related to the Corona protocol and bio bubble. Cricket Australia and BCCI are investigating against them. All five players were isolated. His corona test report came negative before reaching Sydney.
The team is like this
Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Jaspreet Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj.
Opener Rohit Sharma returns after one year in Test
Rohit played the last Test match against Bangladesh in November 2019. Then he played in the team as an opener. Rohit, who has played 32 Tests so far, has played only 5 Tests as an opener. These five matches he played in India in 2019. After this, he was injured and dropped out of the team before the Test series in New Zealand. He could not play the first two Tests of the current series due to injury.
Rohit has scored 176, 127, 14, 212, 6 and 21 runs in six innings as an opener. His Test career-best score is also 212, which he made against South Africa as an opener.
Pujara and Hanuma struggling with poor form in the middle order
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are struggling with poor form in the middle order. Both have played 2–2 Tests in the series. In this, Pujara has scored 63 and Vihari has scored 45 runs. It is necessary for the team to win. Ajinkya Rahane is in the middle order. He is captaining in the absence of Kohli and is also the top scorer of the series so far.
Bumrah with Ashwin-Jadeja in bowling
After bowling out Shami and Umesh in the bowling, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be responsible for bowling along with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. He also won the second Test for the team on his own. Ashwin and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins have taken the most 10–10 wickets in the series.