With the Border-Gavaskar series having gone out of the hand now, the Indian team management might like to play a few fringe players in Sydney. The guys who are in contention are Suresh Raina, the middle order batsman who is considered ODI and T20 specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the bowling all rounder who has been injured recently and Varun Aaron, the fast bowler who had not played the last game because of a family tragedy.
KL Rahul, the Karnataka boy who had appeared in test match cricket for the first time in Melbourne and had got out playing shocking shots in both the innings, might also be retained as the Indian team management believes he is a good player and those shots that he went for there at the G was only because of the nervousness. If Rahul and Raina both play, it’s more than likely that Shikhar Dhawan would miss out and that might well be the end of the test career of the left handed opener.
Dhawan has repeatedly failed on overseas grounds, barring New Zealand. His technical issues don’t let him survive against the new ball. And, because of the fact that he gets out early almost all the time, India’s no. 3 gets to face the new ball which starts the collapse. So, getting rid of Dhawan is perhaps the right idea for the Indian team management.
It remains to be seen if Cheteshwar Pujara, who had batted at no. 6 in the second innings in Melbourne, gets back to his original no. 3 position or not. If Rahul opens, then, Pujara would surely have to bat one down as Raina is probably not good enough to bat in the top order in test matches and India would not like to change Ajinkya Rahane’s batting slot as he is doing so well there.