Team India will have the services of four spinners in the net as net bowlers ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The team will have finger spinners like Washington Sundar, R Sai Kishore, and Saurabh Kumar. The leg-spinner Rahul Chahar will also be there in the nets.
Australia will also be carrying a strong spin bowling unit. It will feature three finger-spinners in Ashton Agar, Todd Murphy, and Nathan Lyon. However, Mitchell Swepson will be the only leg-spinner in the team. The Aussies will also have some useful part-time bowlers in their tank. They are Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
A report from Cruicbuz says, the team management feels that there is no need of including any additional pacers in the net for preparing the batters. The team will probably opt for local pacers to practice in the nets.
Sundar has been the primary net bowler, as chosen by the Indian team. team. Sundar, the right-arm off-spinner presents almost a similar threat to that of the Aussie Nathan Lyon. However, he is a regular face in the white ball matches, since the 2022 T-20 World Cup.
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Kuldeep Yadav, however, sealed his spot in this edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as the fourth spinner in the squad. Thus quite naturally, Sundar had to sit out.
The last time Chahar was seen bowling for India was during the 2021 T20 World Cup. Sai Kishore and Saurabh were a part of the net bowling squad on a number of occasions before.
Australia are also busy practicing in the nets. , trying to figure out the possible spin attack the host might present. The coaching staff took Mahesh Pithiya, a 21-year-old Gujratu spinner, whose bowling action is similar to that of Ashwin.
Team India’s Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
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