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Australia vs India 2018-19, Fourth Test: 2 players who can replace Rohit Sharma in the Playing XI

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31 Dec 2018, 18:00 IST

KL Rahul

KL Rahul could be lucky to get another game in the series
KL Rahul could be lucky to get another game in the series

The fitness of Ravichandran Ashwin is still a concern and Rohit Sharma's replacement would be based on that. Parthiv Patel may not be given his first game of the series in the final match of the tournament.

Hanuma Vihari was used as the make-shift opener in the third Test match. Both the regular openers were dropped for the previous game and Vihari did a decent job as a makeshift opener. However, considering the fact that Vihari's contribution would be important in the next game, he might be moved back to his comfortable middle-order position.

If Ashwin is not fit, India could well go ahead with giving one more chance to the out-of-form openers in the final game of the series. The management may have to make a decision between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay for the same.

Vijay is in the latter stages of his career and giving KL another final chance could be on the mind of Virat Kohli. KL is a class player who is in the worst form of his career. His confidence could be improved by a spot in the upcoming game. Although it is unlikely, KL cannot find an easier partner to open the innings than his best friend Mayank Agarwal.

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