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Nehra picks India’s opening combination versus Australia

The Border Gavaskar Trophy series is just three days away from the start. The first Test is scheduled to be held at Adelaide Oval on December 17 (Thursday). Meanwhile, both the teams have been seriously preparing for the toughest challenge. Both teams played two warm-up games which ended in a draw.

Nehra picks India's opening combination versus Australia

The forthcoming four-match Test series has plenty of interesting things in store for spectators all across the world. Indian captain Virat Kohli will leave midway through the tour in order to attend the birth of his first child in India. Kohli will play the opening Test match and take the flight to India.

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Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in Kohli’s absence in the last three Tests. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has cleared the fitness test successfully. He has been declared ‘fit’ by the physios at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He will play his part in the last two Tests.

On the other hand, Australia will miss the services of David Warner for the first Test. The star cricketer picked up a groin injury during the limited-overs home series against India. Since then, he underwent scans and declared himself unfit to play the first Test. Warner is expected to make a comeback for the second Test at the MCG.

Nehra picks India’s opening combination for first Test:

India will miss Rohit Sharma for the first two Tests. It will be either Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill who might get a chance to partner with Mayank Agarwal for the first Test. Earlier, batting great Gavaskar opined that Shaw or Gill might get a chance to feature as an opener.

Now, former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra spoke about India’s opening combination for Adelaide Test. Nehra believes KL Rahul is the right man to open the batting given his kind of form. It will be quite interesting to see who gets the nod to open for India for the opening Test.

“There is the question surrounding India’s opening pair, as to who will open with Mayank Agarwal. I wouldn’t exactly call it a weakness, but it surely is a concern at this point.

You can look at Shubman Gill, or even Prithvi Shaw for that matter, but I believe it should be KL Rahul to open the batting for India. If he can score runs given the kind of form he is in, this weakness can transform into a strength for India. I would want him to play,” Nehra said in a video on Cricbuzz.

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