Rohit Sharma could swap places with Agarwal for 3rd Test, set to join Team India on Wednesday

India vs Australia Test Series: 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma is eligible for selection for the remaining two Tests in Australia after completing his quarantine period. Rahane-led Team India defeated Australia by 8 wickets in the second Test to avenge their Adelaide humiliation.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 29, 2020 14:15 IST
Rohit Sharma could swap places with Agarwal for 3rd Test, set to join Team India on Wednesday
IND vs AUS Series: Rohit Sharma set to join Team India squads

India vs Australia Test Series: One of the most devastating batsmen of white-ball cricket, Rohit Sharma is all set to join the team on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma flew to Australia on December 15 and his mandatory quarantine period ends on Dec 29. The Indian Cricket Team, meanwhile, leveled up the series by 1-1 on Tuesday. Ajinkya Rahane led Team India thrashed Australia by 8 wickets in the second Test to avenge their Adelaide humiliation. 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma is all set to join the Indian squad for the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.

Team India has tried a couple of batsmen for the opening slot in the form of Mayank Agarwal in the first two Tests. Rohit Sharma could swap places with Mayank Agarwal in India's playing XI for the third Test vs AUS considering his struggles with the bat on the India tour of Australia. Out-of form opener Agarwal could be benched if Rohit Sharma is picked in the XI for the third Test to be played in Sydney on January 7, 2021.

The pressure on Mayank Agarwal adds due to the fact that the 'Hitman' will be available for selection in the third Test after completing his quarantine period Down Under on Tuesday. Rohit also has stats backing his case, having produced scores of 176, 127, 14, 212, 6, 21 in his last 6 Test innings. While Agarwal has scored just 41 runs in his last 6 innings and the Aussie brutal pace attack didn't struggle much to get rid of him early in both Tests of the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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The first opening batsman to be withdrawn in the Test series was Prithvi Shaw, who made way for debutant Shubman Gill after failing to put runs on the board which resultant in India's horrible defeat in the Adelaide Test. Shaw's lack of confidence exposed the technical faults that have caused him trouble over the last couple of months since IPL 2020. Now, the pressure of expectations seems to be getting the better of opener Mayank Agarwal.

Hitman - Rohit Sharma during practice
Hitman - Rohit Sharma during practice

Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian skipper, grabbed the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock with the bat. Apart from him, debutants, Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill also performed exceptionally well. While Siraj took 5 wickets in his debut game, Shubman Gill scored 45 and 35 not out in his debut Test at MCG.

Rohit Sharma sustained an injury during IPL 2020 and the BCCI didn’t select him initially for any of the formats. Later on, Rohit went on to play in the IPL and even scored a half-century in the final of IPL 2020. Rohit had been working with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and going through his rehabilitation.

Rohit Sharma hasn't played cricket since November 10 which is when his IPL team Mumbai Indians (MI) had defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL 2020 final to clinch their extended fifth IPL title.