India is all set to take on Australia in the third Test to defend its Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as the series is currently locked 1-1. The Sydney Test would also witness Rohit Sharma's return, who missed out on the so far tour of Australia due to a hamstring strain.
India takes on Australia in the third of the four-Test series for its Border-Gavaskar Trophy defence at the Sydney Cricket Ground from Thursday. The Test would also mark the return of senior Indian opener, Rohit Sharma.
During the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), he suffered the injury, which kept him out for five games. Although he did return for the playoffs, he was far from being 100% fit, as he was advised to undergo rest and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), in Bengaluru.
It was earlier this month when he passed the fitness test and was cleared to travel to Australia. However, he could not join the squad for the second Test, as he had to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
As the series is locked 1-1, India will have to start from the scratch to win the series and retain the title. Meanwhile, all eyes would also be upon Rohit, as the side expects him to play a centurion innings.
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Speaking on if Rohit can hit a ton upon return, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman said, "The Indian cricket team will be very pleased to have Rohit Sharma back, especially when Virat is not there. You want more experience in the Indian dressing room because now is the perfect opportunity for us to go 2-1 in Sydney and then, probably win 3-1."
"Rohit Sharma himself would like to showcase his talent because I always feel that his style of batting and talent is very suited for the Australian wicket. So, if he gets his eye in, if he sees through the new ball, I'm sure that a big hundred is on the cards, as far as Rohit's batting is concerned," he was quoted as saying on Star Sports, reports PTI.
Laxman also shed light on the fact that the Indians were shown in low light, following their poor outing in Adelaide, where they were bundled out for their lowest Test total, of 36. He said that cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties and that one bad game does not mean that the team cannot bounce back, especially for a team like India.
Watch what Laxman says on the reaction India received post Adelaide horror:
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Last Updated Jan 5, 2021, 5:35 PM IST