The series of high voltage tests between India and Australia will start on Thursday with the day-night test in Adelaide. It will be the first time that the Indian team will play a pink overseas ball test, and the fans are eager to see how Virat Kohli & co. performs in difficult conditions.
The Indian team played brilliantly in the warm-up game in Kohli’s absence against the Australia-A team, fueling hopes among fans that the Adelaide competition could be closer to what people expect it to be.
Australia are also facing questions about setting up their team, as David Warner was ruled out of the first test due to a groin injury and young Will Pucosvki could also lose due to concussion issues. But for India, there is a major question in front of them in the four-match test series, can I cope without Virat Kohli?
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The first test in Adelaide will be the only match in the series of four tests for Kohli, as he was granted paternity leave and would fly back home for the birth of his first child after the match. Ajinkya Rahane is expected to take over as captain after Kohli leaves Test 2, but cricket experts believe it would be a difficult challenge for India to win the series in Kohli’s absence.
Rahane was asked about leading Indian troops in Kohli’s absence during a virtual press conference before the first test and said he was focusing on the Adelaide test at the moment.
“I think I’m staying right now,” Rahane said.
“At the moment, Virat is our captain … it’s about the fact that I give my best in this test. and helping Virat. After that, we will discuss our plan, “he added.
India had lifted the prestigious Border-Gavaskar trophy the last time they traveled to Australia in 2018/19, but the Australian team led by Tim Paine hoped to seek revenge this time.