India won the first IND vs AUS Test in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs. The win takes them to 111 points and helps them cement their position second on the WTC points table. Australia, despite the loss, are still topping the table with 136 points from 16 games. The first Test loss was just Australia’s second overall in the campaign.
It was a clinical performance from India in the first Test. With all talk regarding the pitch, India batted better in the Test match scoring 400 in the first innings. Australia, on the other hand, scored 177 and just 91 in the second innings.
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The Indian spin twins picked up a total of 15 wickets giving away 160 runs in the Test match. Ravindra Jadeja was the Man of the Match for his all-round performance in the Test match. Ravichandran Ashwin was quick to acknowledge the importance of Jadeja in this Indian Test team after the big win.
Meanwhile, the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21. Indore or Rajkot will host the third Test after was moved out of Dharamsala due to renovation in the stadium. The third Test will be played from March 1 to 5. The fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13. This is the last of the IND vs AUS four-match test series between the two teams.
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India are missing Shreyas Iyer who is ruled out with a back injury. Rishabh Pant is also unavailable for the series due to his unfortunate as well as Jasprit Bumrah who is still recovering from his back injury as well. Meanwhile, in this article, we look at three Indian players who might be benched from the second Test.
IND vs AUS 2nd Test: 3 Indian Players From 1st Test Who Might Be Benched In The 2nd Test
KL Rahul scored just 20 in the Test match with India batting just once, He did not have good batting form and as a result, just scored 20 in the first innings. He scored 20 off as many as 71 deliveries in the first innings and seemed in trouble against the Australian spinners. Various former Indian cricketers did not support the call to add Rahul into the playing XI instead of an in-form Shubman Gill. Given that he had a forgetful outing in the first Test, He might see himself benched in the second Test.
SKY did not have a memorable Test debut as he was dismissed for just 8 off 20 balls. Surya headed into this Test match with ominous form in T20I cricket. He was the highest scorer in T20Is in 2022. The absence of Rishabh Pant meant that SKY was seen as his like for like replacement to speed up the scoring rate batting at number five. However, as it turned out, he was castled by Nathan Lyon. If the management feels, they might replace him with Ishan Kishan who is in the squad as a backup keeper. Kishan can play as a specialist batter at number five.
The second Test will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi which is more conducive to spinners. Thus if the management thinks, they can bench, Siraj and add Kuldeep Yadav into the mix and tend to go in with four spinners. However, given how Siraj performed in the first Test, it might be a tough call to make for the management.
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