The Indian cricket team is currently in Australia for a long tour Down Under, which will feature three ODIs as many T20Is and four Tests. However, head coach Ravi Shastri conceded that Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, both recovering from injuries, will need to reach Australia in the next few days.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has decided to leave the Australian tour after the first test in Adelaide, in order to be present with his wife, as the pair are expecting their first child. That has created a sense of anxiety in the Indian camp, as his absence has not only created a huge hole in the side’s batting, but it also means that someone else will be leading the Indian team in whites, something that hasn’t happened in more than three years.
Team India’s limited-overs vice captain Rohit Sharma has finally opened up about the entire controversy surrounding his hamstring injury and the tour of Australia. In a interview to PTI, Rohit clarified that he was constantly in touch with BCCI over the status of his injury. Rohit, who top-scored for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 final with 68, also asserted that he was always aware his injury was not series, and hence he would be able to take some part in the Australia series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced that the finalists for the inaugural World Test Championship will be decided on the basis of percentage of points earned by each side. The change to the ranking system was made following a recommendation by the ICC Cricket Committee, which is led by former India captain Anil Kumble.
Former Aussie pacer Glenn McGrath agrees with the common view that the absence of Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a majority of the Test matches will be a massive blow for India. At the same time, the Australian legend added that it is a golden opportunity for someone else to step up.
Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has spoken up on his equation with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, stating that the latter is just another player for him. Kohli and Paine were involved in many verbal duels during India’s previous tour to Australia in 2018-19, which India won 2-1.
Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the full schedule for India’s upcoming tour of Australia. The tour will feature four Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The Test series will kick-off with India’s first-ever Pink Ball Test match in Australia, at Adelaide from December 17. The second Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be held in Melbourne from December 26, the third in Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7, and fourth at Gabba from January 15.