Former India opener Wasim Jaffer recently sent out a cryptic tweet picking his top-five Indian batsmen for the upcoming third Test.
After India leveled the Border-Gavaskar series at 1-1, the attention has now shifted to the crucial third Test. Ajinkya Rahane and co. find themselves in a tricky situation leading up to the Sydney Test.
Generally, teams tend to back their playing elevens after winning a game. However, the Indian team are looking at two inevitable changes.
Pacer Umesh Yadav is injured and out of the series and vice-captain Rohit Sharma is set to be roped into the team for the third Test as well.
With a hashtag of 'decode', Wasim Jaffer used coded phrases for five Indian batsmen, thus naming his top-five for the Sydney Test. The tweet read:
"Today I had nice filter coffee by the lake. Amazing how fish can breathe underwater. Then I walked past a portrait of Che Guevara before bumping into an old pal from Dombivali who now has a restaurant in Borivali. Btw good luck for SCG test @ajinkyarahane88."
Wasim Jaffer uses Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma's home cities as codes
In the post, filter coffee is most likely a hint on the inclusion of KL Rahul, who was a part of the infamous 'Koffee with Karan' controversy in 2019.
The second sentence about breathing underwater is a clue about gills, which indicates youngster Shubman Gill should retain his place.
Wassim Jaffer alluded to stalwart batsman Cheteshwar Pujara with the 'Che Guevara' portrait phrase.
And finally, Dombivali and Borivali are code words for Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, referring to the batsmen's home cities in Maharashtra.
Either Mayank Agarwal or Hanuma Vihari is set to get the ax to allow for the inclusion of Rohit Sharma.
It remains to be seen where Sharma will bat in Sydney - in his preferred position as an opener, or in the middle-order. The third Test kicks off on January 7th.Published 04 Jan 2021, 13:40 IST