India shifts focus to the purple ball


Decided to go away behind the embarrassing defeat within the series-opener, the Indian staff, below stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, switched its focus to red-ball cricket on Wednesday with Shubman Gill and others grinding it out throughout a internet session forward of the Boxing Day Take a look at.

Gill, who was not thought-about for the opening Take a look at regardless of scoring 43 and 65 within the pink-ball warm-up match, appeared in good nick as he honed his expertise together with Mayank Agarwal on the nets, indicating that the duo might be the opening mixture for the second Take a look at.

The 21-year-old might be favoured over struggling Prithvi Shaw, who returned with scores of zero and four within the two innings at Adelaide.

Okay.L. Rahul, who obtained the backing of Sunil Gavaskar for the opening slot, had a protracted stint on the nets as effectively.

Additionally again on the nets was spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who had missed the primary Take a look at as a result of concussion.

Jadeja went for an hour-long spell on the nets throughout which he bowled to his Saurashtra teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. He once more returned for a second stint later, a sign that he might be included within the taking part in XI for the Boxing Day Take a look at.

The observe session started with head coach Ravi Shastri giving a pep discuss to the staff members on the MCG.

Shastri additionally had a chat with Rishabh Pant, who got here out to bat on the nets forward of Wriddhiman Saha.

Pant, who had smashed a 73-ball 103 within the warm-up, might substitute Shah in second Take a look at.

With Mohammed Shami dominated out of the rest of the collection with a fractured forearm, Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini had been seen bowling to Rahane alongside Shardul Thakur because the trio look to stake declare for the third pacer’s slot.

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