The Indian cricket team will have a great call to make as they prepare for the upcoming Pink Ball Test against Australia starting Thursday next week in Adelaide. It will be the first test of the important four-game series and the game will be crucial for either team to take an early advantage. From India’s point of view, it will be the only event in which Captain Virat Kohli will play as he has been granted paternity leave and will be returning home after the event.
So with so much at stake in the game, it is extremely crucial for teams to make their selections correct for the XI they play. The Australian team is a bit upset with their first pair due to David Warner being ruled out due to a groin injury and a looming question about the physical condition of young Will Pucovski, who was hit in the head by a pitch from Kartik Tyagi in a practice game. Meanwhile, Cameron Green is also hesitant to play, as he also suffered a concussion during the warm-up game, and Rory Burns also appeared to be out of touch.
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Fortunately, in the case of India, there is a case of multiple options when it comes to your wicketkeeping department. Both Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant showed signs of form in the Practice Game with the bat, and it will be interesting to see who will get the nod in the first Test.
‘Healthy competition is always good for the team and I feel that in each place, we have good competition. It depends on the leadership of the team who they want to pick, ”said India hitter Hanuma Vihari.
“I feel like they’re both in good shape and it’s a tough decision and a good headache,” he added.
When asked about the pattern VIrat Kohli, Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin, Vihari said the veterans are sweating on the nets and are ready to go out with all their guns on Thursday.
“They have been practicing every day on the networks and they have been working hard. We have also played a Pink Test before this, so they use and practice it every day. Being professionals, they will be very well equipped.
“The rhythm and the rebound is totally different from that of the red ball, it hits the bat quite well because of the shine or for whatever reason.
“Under the lights, the bat lights up even better. And there was also a bit of movement in the sewing the first day (at SCG), getting used to it was a great challenge, but now I feel that as a team we are well prepared ”, he concluded.