India is up 2-0 in the series, and on Wednesday at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat against Australia. The hosts made two changes, with Shuman Gill replacing the out-of-sorts opener KL Rahul in the starting XI. In the first two Tests of the series, Rahul scored just 38 runs, and his place in the team has come under scrutiny as a result.
Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar argued that the team management made the right choice after Rahul was let go. “I was thinking whether the management will show courage and do the right thing with KL Rahul, who is a big-name player and has played some important innings in the past. I think everyone supports the decision, so well done,” Manjrekar said after the toss.
In terms of India’s second alteration, veteran pacer Umesh Yadav took Mohammed Shami’s place in the starting Lineup. Australia, on the other hand, also made two changes to the lineup from the team that lost the second Test by six wickets in New Delhi. Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green were added in lieu of Pat Cummins and David Warner, who have both returned home, and they are both stalwart speed bowlers. Steve Smith will lead Australia during the game.