The first test of the Border-Gavasker trophy between India and Australia is set to begin on the 17th of December, yet India aren’t too sure of the team combination they will be going ahead with, especially at the top. While Mayank Agarwal is a certain starter, there is some speculation over the batsman accompanying him. Let’s have a look at the players who might be donning the openers hat at some point during the four tests
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif paid a massive compliment to India’s limited-overs vice-captain on the current Australian tour -- KL Rahul. The ex-India batsman compared KL Rahul to India legend Rahul Dravid. According to Kaif, just like Dravid, Rahul has shown willingness to do whatever has been asked of him by the team management, be it keeping wickets or moving up and down in the batting order.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma have retained the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. They stand first and second respectively as per the latest ranking released on Wednesday. In Test matches, Australia’s number one batsman Steve Smith is still ruling charts, followed by Kohli and in-form Aussie Marnus Labuschagne. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the other Indians in the Test Top 10.
More than a week after he announced his international retirement, the tributes for former India captain and legend MS Dhoni refuse to end. Kings XI Punjab captain and dashing Indian batsman KL Rahul is the latest to join the list. In a video released by Indian Premier League (IPL), Rahul has termed Dhoni as a hero for people like him who came from small towns.
Team India completed a memorable whitewash in the recently-concluded T20I series against New Zealand following which the players have witnessed a significant rise in the ICC T20I rankings. KL Rahul, who was the man of the series in the T20Is, has jumped to the second spot. Having scored 224 runs from 5 matches, he now has 823 points to his name. Pakistan’s Babar Azam leads the T20I batting rankings with 879 points. Rahul registered scores of 56, 57 not out, 27, 39 and 45 in the five matches.