India, who lead 2-1 in the Test series against Australia, has announced 13-member squad for the fourth Test match. Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin are included in this team. These three did not even play in the Melbourne Test.
Kuldeep is likely to get a chance in the final year because the Sydney pitch is nutritious for spin bowlers. Ashwin is still not fully fit.
Lokesh Rahul’s reshuffle in this team has raised many eyebrows. Rahul has been included in Rohit Sharma returning to Mumbai. Surprisingly, Murali Vijay, who is better than Rahul, has been placed on the bench.
Ishant Sharma’s name is not on this list. Umesh Yadav will fill in the absence of the third fast bowlers in his absence. Hardik Pandya has not been given chance in the squad.
The BCCI has said that Ashwin’s decision will be taken before the match on Thursday. Ashwin is considered impossible to play in the fourth Test.
India name 13-man squad for SCG Test: Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, C Pujara, H Vihari, R Pant, R Jadeja, K Yadav, R Ashwin, M Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019
India vs Australia 2018 4th Test Team
India’s 13-man Squad: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, and Umesh Yadav.
India vs Australia 2018 4th Test Probable 11
Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah.