Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023: Wasim Jaffer picks India’s beginning eleven for the primary Take a look at towards Australia


India will lock horns with Australia within the first Take a look at of the four-match sequence at Vidarbha Cricket Stadium in Nagpur from Thursday (February 9). Forward of the primary recreation of the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023, India’s former opener Wasim Jaffer has picked up the beginning eleven of the host nation.

In his predicted eleven, Jaffer has named each Shubman Gill and KL Rahul. Nonetheless, Rahul comes as an opener in his line-up, whereas the India veteran has allotted Gill the fifth batting spot. Jaffer’s different picks as batters embody Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, with KS Bharat within the wicketkeeper-batter function.

Alternatively, Jaffer’s tempo assault for the primary Take a look at of the BGT 2023 consists of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have additionally made it to the Jaffer’s eleven. In the meantime, Axar Patel was overlooked by the 44-year-old former batter, and Kuldeep Yadav was given a spot within the staff as an alternative. He additionally defined the rationale for leaving out Axar and stated, “Exhausting to go away out Axar however Kuldeep brings selection as a wrist spinner.”

Notably, Shreyas Iyer – who’s recovering from his damage is uncertain for the opening Take a look at towards the Aussies, and that could possibly be the rationale why he didn’t get a spot in Jaffer’s beginning eleven.

Within the meantime, Australia’s star quick bowler Josh Hazlewood will even not play the opening recreation in Nagpur attributable to an damage.

It is a crucial sequence for the Indian facet as a result of their hopes for the World Take a look at Championship 2023 remaining rely upon it. Therefore, India will strive their finest to win at the very least three of the 4 matches, supplied they’re the hosts with a high quality spin line-up.

Nonetheless, each the groups would certainly look to register a win within the opening recreation to set the momentum for the sequence and due to this fact enter the sector with their finest of 11 gamers.



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