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Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018: Records of the current members of the Indian Test squad in Australia

Meit Sampat
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#4. Cheteshwar Pujara:

Pujara will be a key member of the Indian squad for the Test series against Australia
Pujara will be a key member of the Indian squad for the Test series against Australia

The 2014 Test series down under was not a very memorable one for the Indian number three batsman. Pujara got off to a start in all the 6 innings he played in the 2014 series, but he failed to convert the good starts into big scores.

He scored 201 runs in 6 innings in the 2014 series at an average of 33.50. He was eventually left out of the playing 11 for the fourth Test at Sydney.

Pujara has got the technique and the temperament to play a long and patient innings in Australia. This time around, Pujara will look to convert the starts into match-winning innings and lead India to a series win in Australia.


#5. Ajinkya Rahane:

Rahane averages 57 in Australia
Rahane averages 57 in Australia

The Indian vice-captain has been one of the few batsmen who has excelled in overseas batting conditions. The 2014 Test series against Australia was a successful one for the middle order batsman from Mumbai.

He scored 399 runs in 8 innings at an average of 57 with a century in Melbourne and two half-centuries to his credit in the series.

Rahane provides stability in the Indian middle order and is the perfect batsman to bat at number 5 after Pujara and Kohli. The outcome of the Test series will depend on the performance of Rahane who will be India's mainstay in the middle order.

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#6. Rohit Sharma:

Rohit Sharma averages 28.83 in Australia
Rohit Sharma averages 28.83 in Australia

Rohit Sharma has failed to replicate his success in white-ball cricket in red ball cricket at the international level. While he has been prolific in ODI and T20 cricket both in India and abroad, his Test career has been disappointing.

After scoring two centuries in his first two Tests, Rohit has scored just 1 more century in his remaining 23 Test matches.

Rohit has made a comeback to the Indian Test team for the series against Australia. In 2014, Rohit played 3 Tests down under and in 6 innings, he scored just 173 runs at an average of 28. 83.

Rohit has tasted success in white-ball cricket down under and will look to create an impression and justify his selection in the team by scoring runs in the middle order.


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