Author: Cockerel StudioSport
India's four-match Test series against Australia kicks off tomorrow (17 December) at the Adelaide Oval. It will be a day / night encounter with a lot of intrigue between the two best cricket teams in the world with a pink ball.
However, it will be a poignant match for India, as it will be the final game of the Australian tour to feature their impressive captain Virat Kohli. Star is given a paternity leave to remember the rest of the tour returning home for the birth of her first child.
The last time a similar tour took place in 2018/19 in which India was in superb form with a 2–2–1 win. However, this time, the Indian team will have to work twice as hard to make up for Kohli's absence. As a result, many are expecting Australia to win the Test series in favorable domestic conditions.
India has revealed a team which is full of talent. Notable additions include the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. The pair are widely expected to open the Indian batting attack. It is also notable that R Ashwin will be the only spin bowler in the Indian team in Adelaide, while Wriddhiman Saha has earned the wicket-keeper spot.
India will be able to rely on the world famous fast bowling attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. The batting line up will be completed by the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane is expected to assume the responsibility of captaincy when Kohli returns home.
The fact that it is a pink ball game means that Shubman Gill will be disappointed to lose in the Adelaide Test. Gill scored a brilliant half-century in the pink ball game. Apart from this, Rishabh Pant missed out in the first Test and played a brilliant innings of 103 off 73 balls in the same Sydney match.
While India will have to play more in the Test series without the visionary talents of Virat Kohli, it looks like Australia will have to do without David Warner. This is because Warner picked up a muscle stretch during one-day internationals, and it was widely expected that he would not miss the first two tests.
However, it will still be Steve Smith to thwart the Indian bowling attack. Smith has an excellent record of playing domestic Tests against India which includes four centuries in four matches. Despite this, it is worth noting that Smith has not played a Test match since January, and it remains to be seen how fit he is for a hostile Indian bowling attack.
It is not that it will be easy for India. This is because sinister Australian bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will ensure that the first impact of India's openers for Adelaide is anything but enjoyable.