India concluded a staggering comeback and sealed the Melbourne Test against Australia on Tuesday. It took a session for the visitors to wrap up things and level the series against the hosts. The Indian side easily chased the 70-run target set by the hosts.
The thrilling battle now heads to the third Test, which will either be played in Sydney or Melbourne. The encounter is to commence from January 7, 2021. Rohit Sharma will gratify the visitors after returning for the last two Tests.
Rohit is all prepared to join the team on Wednesday. However, there will be a little concern for the selection process of the Indian team before the crucial third Test. Rohit had opened the innings last time when he played Test cricket. But after Gill's great performance on his debut, it remains to be seen who has to sit out from the team to accommodate him.
Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar opines that Rohit along with Mayank Agrawal should open the innings for India. He further stated that Vihari can be the one sitting out and Gill can play in the middle-order.
Which player will be dropped to accommodate Rohit Sharma?
Now that India has won the Melbourne Test, is the side going to make any changes to the line-up? The Indian team management will have to worry over the playing modifications for the upcoming matches. Agarwal and Vihari are the only two players who have not performed in all the four innings.
If any of these two will have to sit out then it will be unfair as both the players performed well when they toured Australia. With regards to popular opinion, Vihari could leave out as the management is likely to back Agarwal. Sharma might even bat at number five as Gill performed great opening the innings on debut. Talking about Rohit Sharma, the right-handed batsman has recently completed his quarantine and is all prepared to join his team in Melbourne.
As per BCCI, the team management and medical staff are going to assess the One Day vice-captain after completing his mandatory quarantine period.
The third Test between India and Australia begins on January 7, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, the third Test can be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground itself. The men in blue will look to continue their winning streak and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.