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Team India’s Playing XI Takes Shape: BCCI Shares Insight on Squad’s Preparations for Nagpur Test against Australia

With the start of the four-match Test series between India and Australia set to commence on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has hinted at the playing XI on their social media handle. The two cricketing powerhouses are gearing up for a crucial contest, as the outcome will determine their fate in the World Test Championship 2021-23 final.

In a post on their Twitter handle, the BCCI shared pictures of several key players, including skipper Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper KL Rahul, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, and batting maestro Virat Kohli, among others. The caption for the post read, “Nagpur, ARE YOU READY, #TeamIndia | #INDvAUS”, leaving fans and experts guessing about the final lineup.

 

 

Speculation about the Nagpur pitch has been rife, as reports suggest that the pitch curators are designing a surface that will provide an advantage to the home team. Some former Australian cricketers, such as Jason Gillespie and Simon O’Donnell, have criticized the curators for their actions. However, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has rubbished these claims, calling them “bulls**t”. He stated that it is more hype than anything else and that someone is bound to score a hundred at the end of the first Test.

With the players ready and the pitch a topic of discussion, fans are eagerly waiting for the first red-ball contest to begin. The BCCI’s subtle hint on their social media has added to the excitement and anticipation ahead of the first Test match between India and Australia.