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India vs Australia, 4th Test: Who should replace Rohit Sharma at Sydney?

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31 Dec 2018, 14:37 IST

The fast bowling option

The chances of either Umesh or Bhuvi making into the team is as slim as Vijay and Rahul
The chances of either Umesh or Bhuvi making into the team is as slim as Vijay and Rahul

Since the Sydney wicket is expected to be a slow wicket, there is no necessity for India to go in with a fourth seamer either in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Umesh Yadav. Umesh Yadav flatter to deceive at Perth and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has not played a single Test match since January’18. Besides, that option would further lengthen the Indian tail. Hence this option is ruled out for Team India.

The Spinners

Ashwin, if declared fit, is the best option to replace Rohit Sharma at Sydney
Ashwin, if declared fit, is the best option to replace Rohit Sharma at Sydney

The Indians have two spinners in the squad in Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav who would be ideal bowlers for the Sydney wicket. Out of two, Ashwin, if declared fit, would be the best choice to replace Rohit Sharma. Ashwin took 6 wickets in the Adelaide Test against the Australian batting line-up packed with left-handers.

Besides, Ashiwn is a more than useful late-order batsman. Hence the best choice would be to bring back Ravichandran Ashwin into the team to fill in the void created by Rohit Sharma’s absence. If Ashwin is not fit, then the next better choice would be the mystery wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav.

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