The urge to play three spinners could exist. KL Rahul

Even though KL Rahul made an effort to downplay the significance of the approaching Border-Gavaskar Trophy, not wanting it to become more than simply another Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he kept India's game plan for the first Test in Nagpur a secret. He frequently contradicts himself.

India's fate for a spot in the final rests in their hands in what will be the final series of the World Test Championship cycle, and the outcomes of the upcoming four-match series will remain essential in that regard. There is a chance for a wobble, but then Sri Lanka, who are scheduled to tour New Zealand, take over.

On Tuesday, Rahul acknowledged, "It is a must-win series." "It's always when India and Australia are involved. It's a big series, and each team wants to win. It doesn't seem to differ from any previous Border-Gavaskar Trophy game we play, in my opinion. We all aspire to play in the World Test Championship (final), which is present there. But we also need to remember that we must play each game as it comes and not lose sight of the here and now. Here in Nagpur, we'll try to win the opening game, and we'll go from there.

The Playing combination

The Indian selections would likely have to deal with three key problems. Ishan Kishan or KS Bharath should take the gloves? Who bats at No. 5: Shubman Gill or Suryakumar Yadav? Who will be preferred if they play three spinners: Axar Patel or Kuldeep Yadav?

The Indian vice captain made no hints about the team's strategies. The final Playing XI hasn't been selected yet, he stated. The commencement of the game is still a few days away. We must make some difficult choices. There are some guys who have excelled, and there are conversations going on. Whoever is playing will undoubtedly be aware of their position. The first day of the test match must be delayed.

"We choose the starting XI depending on what is best for the team in that Test match. Additionally, we've done that in the past. Some have questioned why a particular player played against Bangladesh, where Kuldeep won Man of the Match, but did not play the following game. The sole justification for such choices is to identify the ideal XI within the given circumstances.

"We will make an effort even with this series. Players will experience some difficult matches; everyone has been there. Everyone understands exactly what the team is thinking, why they are playing or not participating, and what their roles are in this situation. Additionally, the ambiance in the locker room is excellent, and everyone can hear what the captain and coach are saying."

Challenge of spin and pace

In contrast to Ian Healy, who said that the game will favor the Indians if the pitch favors spinners and isn't "fair," Rahul downplayed the size of the task the visitors are going to face.

"The team is international. They are fully aware of how to get ready for such circumstances. They will be aware of what to anticipate because they have come here so frequently. They would have been ready before they arrived. I don't see why it would be a problem."

He acknowledged that the Indian batters have been practicing for the spin challenge and hinted at the kind of challenge the Australian batters should most likely be prepared for, but he remained equally evasive on what pitch Nagpur may most likely deliver.


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