Australia vs India 2018, 2nd Test: What India's battling line-up might look like
Having got a 1-0 lead in the 4-match test series against Australia, India is eagerly looking forward to cementing their place in the series. While some experts have predicted 3-1 and 4-0 in India’s favour, Australia doesn’t look as weak a side as expected.
The hosts put up an enthralling fight against the visitors and a brilliant performance by Nathan Lyon with both the bat and the ball kept them in the race till the final day. Just because India are the favourites of the series, it doesn’t mean they should take the hosts lightly.
Australia, having lost the first match by 31 runs will try hard to bounce in the second test match at Perth scheduled on 14th December. The Indian team could try this batting line up at Perth to cement their place in the 4-match test series.
#1 Rohit Sharma
The hitman Rohit Sharma is India’s best bet to open the innings at Perth. He came in to bat down at number 4 in the first match at Adelaide and it didn’t do well for him or the team. Rohit Sharma looked like he was onto something big before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon in both the innings.
If there’s any position that’s suitable and comfortable for the batsman, it is the opening slot. He has been opening the innings for India in the shortest formats of the game and has been paying dividends since then. It’s high time for the team to give Sharma a chance to start the innings – because everyone wants to see those Sehwag-style shots again.
#2 Murali Vijay
The second test match at Perth is arguably the most important test match for Murali Vijay. He was dismissed for 11 and 18 in the first and second innings at Adelaide and it's high time for him to prove himself to cement his place in the team. Alongside Rohit Sharma, he can definitely rope in some runs and make a good opening partnership.
#3 KL Rahul
Another player whose test career is on the narrow side of the road; Rahul has to deliver promisingly at Perth. With a talented player like Mayank Agarwal waiting for a chance to make his mark, this test series is Rahul’s last chance to cement his place in the squad. This stylish player is capable of delivering a sound innings with his excellent style of play and is one of the players to watch out for most at Perth.
#4 Cheteshwar Pujara
Anyone who is a fan of the longest format of the game very well knows the fact that there’s no one like Pujara. The man of the match of the first test match at Adelaide, Pujara is one among those batsmen who like to spend quality time on the field.
His match-winning innings of 123 and 71 enabled India to clinch the first match. He is one of those batsmen who could support his fellow batsman to score big and build a steady partnership.