Rohit Sharma, the Indian team’s vice captain for the previous year, has stepped onto the field as captain for the next four-game Test series against Australia. Since March of 2022, the Indian cricket team’s skipper has been sidelined for various reasons. India’s Test match against Australia marks Rohit’s debut as captain.
Since Rohit’s return, the starting eleven has been shuffled around. As both Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat are making their first appearances in a Test match, there were a few more alterations to the playing XI from the previous game.
In preparation for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series opener, here is a look at all of the new faces in Team India’s starting lineup. After a long absence, Rohit Sharma has returned to Team India’s starting lineup.
His previous outing in a Test was in the second match of the series against Sri Lanka. With a COVID-19 positive test and a damaged thumb, Rohit was unable to play in either of India’s two Tests against Bangladesh.
In the first Test of the four-game series played in Nagpur, both Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat got their first international caps. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri presented both players with their first caps. If not for Suryakumar, Shubman Gill would have been considered for the role. During Rishabh Pant’s absence, Bharat will make his first-team debut.
Also included in the final XI was Ravindra Jadeja. Due to a knee injury, he hadn’t played since August of 2022. In his return to the Test squad, Mohammed Shami was included in the starting lineup.
Out \sShubman A unexpected exclusion from the starting lineup was Gill. The teenager is on fire right now, and he was projected to bat fifth. However, Suryakumar was selected by the team’s administration. In other words, KL Rahul didn’t lose his starting position. Even Gill’s incredible 2023 season wasn’t enough to get him into the starting lineup for the first Test.
Shoulder pain prevented Shreyas Iyer from being considered for the team. In other words, he hasn’t officially joined the squad yet. As also, Jaydev Unadkat was released after making his return to the Test team in December 2022 against Bangladesh.