The Indians have reached Brisbane after an impressive draw in Sydney, where they are facing a lack of facilities at their team hotel, but the biggest challenge facing Team India at the moment is the fourth and final Test in Brisbane starting January 15. You have to choose the Fit Playing Eleven. The four Test series of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy are tied 1-1 and the series is decided by the last Test in Brisbane. If India win or win the Brisbane Test, they will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as India won the previous series 2–1 in Australia in 2018–19.
India is struggling with the problem of its injured players. The Indian team arrived in Australia without opener Rohit Sharma (first two Tests) and fast bowler Ishant Sharma (from the entire series). Both players have been injured in the IPL. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami was injured in the first Test in Adelaide, second fast bowler Umesh Yadav was injured in the second Test in Melbourne and both fast bowlers are out of the series. Left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was left out of the fourth Test in Brisbane in the third Test in Sydney. Jasprit Bumrah, the team’s top fast bowler in the third Test, suffered from a heart attack and could miss out on the fourth and final Test in Brisbane. However, nothing officially has been said about Bumrah being left out of this Test or game.
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On the last day of the Sydney Test, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin suffered a hamstring injury while taking a single off Hanuma Vihari. However, Hanuma and Ashwin scored a Test-winning partnership of 62 not out in 258 balls. But both were injured and opener Mayank Agarwal was also injured. In the third Test, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was injured by an elbow injury, no wicketkeeping and Wriddhiman also took wicketkeeping. However, Pant scored 97 in India’s second innings batting.
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In addition, batsman Lokesh Rahul was ruled out of the series due to a wrist injury in net practice and had to return home. Rahul could not play in the first three Tests. The biggest problem facing current captain Ajinkya Rahane and coach Ravi Shastri is to choose a fit playing XI, in which the team’s fast bowling attack is the most inexperienced attack ever. India now have Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini in the fast bowling department apart from Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan. Siraj has two test and Saini has one test experience. If Thakur has played his only Test in 2018, the left-arm fast bowler will have to make his debut for the Natarajan Test.
If we look at the spin section, Jadeja is out, Ashwin is injured and the rest of the team is with Chinese bowler Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep has never played any Test in this tour. This means that India’s bowling attack in the last Test was very inexperienced and Brisbane’s ground India have never won a Test match and Australia have been invincible for the last 33 years. India’s top-order in batting is good, where Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara are in the third position. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane will be down from fourth but the problem is in batting.
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Hanuma mockery is difficult to play and punting is difficult to keep. Can the team’s management consider Pant to play only as a batsman and also to reduce Saha to wicketkeeper? If Hanuma had not played, could Prithvi Shah be dropped from the first Test due to poor performance? Is Ashwin worthy of bowling and batting in the Fourth Test? Mayank has an injury and how fit he is after the Melbourne Test. The team also has a lower middle order batsman and useful off-spin bowler Washington Sundar. If Ashwin does not fit in, Sunder could be India’s 300th Test player. If the team manages to select left-arm fast bowler Natarajan, he could make his Test debut. India has many questions before the Brisbane Test, and these will only have to be answered in the next 24 hours when it is possible to land a suitable army in the decisive battle against Australia.