Indian pacer Navdeep Saini will make his debut in Test Cricket in the third Test match of the ongoing four match test series against Australia.
Saini has been including in the playing XI which was announced by the BCCI on Tuesday. Saini was seen training in the nets, in a video uploaded by the BCCI’s Official Twitter handle for the match which will start from tomorrow at the SCG. “Fast & furious! @navdeepsaini96 is all set for his Test debut at the @scg tomorrow. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND,” read the caption on the tweet.
Opener batsman Rohit Sharma will be playing his first match in the ongoing four match test series against Australia. He was also named as the vice-captain for the remaining two test matches. Rohit has replaced Mayank Agarwal at the top batting order. Earlier Mayank was opening the innings in the first two matches at the Adelaide Oval and Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Agarwal returned scores of 17,9,0 & 5 in the opening two test matches. Navdeep Saini has replaced Umesh Yadav who has been ruled out of the series after suffering from a calf muscle injury during the Boxing Day Test. The rest of the line-up remains the same as that for the Melbourne Test.
India XI for third Test: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini.