Leading right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami is likely to be rested for the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series against Australia and veteran fast bowler Umesh Yadav is likely to replace him in the playing XI, reported the Indian Express.
The management of the Indian team reportedly decided to give Shami rest to manage his workload, considering the packed schedule.
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Mohammed Shami only bowled 30.1 overs in the first two Tests. However, management does not want to take any chances as pace leader Jasprit Bumrah is already sidelined for a long period and Mohammed Shami is expected to play a major role in the WTC final, should India qualify. .
Also, India have a very reliable pace bowling option in Umesh Yadav, who is a dangerous sprinter, especially in Indian conditions. Notably, Umesh is the wicket-taking leader for India in home tests since 2017.
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Shubman Gill to replace out-of-form KL Rahul – Report
The same report further stated that young batting sensation Shubman Gill will enter the playing XI for the third Test against Australia as a replacement for out-of-form opening batsman KL Rahul.
the 30 year old Raul KL he hasn’t looked at his best in the ongoing four-match test series against the Australians at home. He has posted scores of 20, 17 and 1 in the three innings he has hit thus far. He, too, was sacked as vice-captain of the Test team after a series of poor performances in the game’s purest format.
Meanwhile, the first Test between India and Australia was played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur. The Australians went 177 and 91 in their two innings as the Men In Blue won by one innings and 132 runs.
The second test between the team managed by Rohit Sharma and the team managed by Pat Cummins was played at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Australia batted better this time around and posted 263 and 113 on the board. However, it was not enough as India managed to secure a 6 wicket victory.
The third test of the series will be played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, from 1-5 March. Notably, Steve Smith is set to lead the Australians into the third Test in the absence of captain Pat Cummins.
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