Ajinkya Rahane optimistic about Team India’s chances ahead of the Sydney Test match. The cricketer was speaking to former wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist at the toss. With his team bowling first, Rahane focused more on the importance of being patient.
The Indian team levelled the four-match series at 1-1 after defeating the hosts by eight wickets in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ajinkya Rahane thrilled about Rohit Sharma’s return
The batsman was also questioned about the return of Rohit Sharma. Rohit has replaced Mayank Agarwal. The vice-captain is all set to open the innings with youngster Shubman Gill. Rahane admitted that the side is excited to have Rohit back, mainly due to his experience while opening the batting.
Ajinkya Rahane has high expectation on Navdeep Saini
During the pre-match interview, Gilchrist also inquired about India’s debutant Navdeep Saini. The pacer comes in as a replacement for the injured Umesh Yadav to take India’s third-seamer position. Rahane praised the 28-year-old and feels he has earned his chance at Sydney.
On the contrary, Australian skipper Tim Paine also admits that his eleven already know where to improve in the upcoming games against the visitors. The wicket-keeper was also asked about Australia’s changes in the playing XI. Notably, the team will go with a new opening combination of Will Pucovski and David Warner.
Tim Paine also talked about the quarantine controversy that took place a few days back. Paine declared that Australia is fine with playing anywhere.
Paine further announced that Travis Head was unlucky to miss out. He revealed that the change was necessary to try and establish a partnership at the top order.
Day one of the third Test has been a good session for Australia. They scored 72 runs without losing any wicket. Will Pucovksi managed to survive a couple of dropped catches to complete his maiden fifty. India kept searching for wickets but was undone by sloppy fielding. The session belongs to Australia, though. Pucovski unbeaten on 54 off 100, Marnus Labuschagne is batting on 34 off 78. Score 93/1 in 31 overs.