Rohit Sharma is leading the home side in the four-match Test series against Australia after waiting over a year to take the field as the Test captain. Rohit is captaining India for the first time in a Test match against Australia.
The starting XI has changed since Rohit made his return. Since Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat are participating in their first game, there were a few additional alterations made to the starting XI from the previous Test match. Here is a summary of all the changes to Team India’s starting XI as the two sides face battle in the highly anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy series opener.
After over a year apart, Rohit Sharma is back in the playing XI for Team India. In the second Test of the series against Sri Lanka, he made his previous Test appearance. Owing to a positive COVID-19 test, Rohit was unable to play in the lone Test against England. He was also unable to play in the Bangladesh Test series due to a fractured thumb.
KS Bharat and Suryakumar Yadav made their debuts in Nagpur’s opening Test of the four-match series. Ravi Shastri, a former India head coach, gave both players their first caps. Shubman Gill was forced to leave since Suryakumar was now a part of the group. It has been announced that Bharat will make his debut in place of Rishabh Pant.
In the starting XI, Ravindra Jadeja was also present. He has been out with a knee ailment since August 2022. Mohammed Shami returned to the Test team’s starting lineup.
Shubman The unexpected absence of Gill from the starting lineup. The young man, who was scheduled to bat at position number 5, is in excellent shape. But Suryakumar was chosen by the team’s management. KL Rahul kept his position. Despite Gill’s outstanding performance in 2023, he was not included in the starting XI for the first Test match. Shreyas Iyer couldn’t be chosen because of a shoulder ailment. He is not a member of the group. Jaydev Unadkat, who entered the field against Bangladesh in December 2022 for his first Test in 12 years, was also benched.