After the batting collapse in Adelaide Test against Australia, India’s veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and young opener Prithvi Shaw are unlikely to be retained for the remaining games as the visitors will be looking to go for wholesale changes in the team.
While Shubman Gill is likely to be Shaw’s replacement in the Melbourne Test in the absence of experienced opener Rohit Sharma, the team management could prefer Rishabh Pant over Wriddhiman Saha as the youngster performed exceedingly well in the second warm-up match against Australia A in Sydney.
The 23-year-old southpaw scored an unbeaten knock of 103 runs, laced with nine boundaries and six sixes in the second innings of India A. But India still backed Saha for the pink-ball game. While the 36-year-old player managed to impress behind the stumps, he failed to put up a good show with the bat. While Saha was dismissed for 9 runs in the first innings, he scored just 4 runs in the second one.
Ahead of the second Test of the four-match series, Rishabh Pant is sweating hard in the gym, hoping for his possible inclusion in the playing XI.
Impressed with Pant’s hard work and efforts, former chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, said, "I believe he has worked on his fitness issues and is looking in good touch with the bat. So I would agree with the team management if they give Rishabh a go for the next three games."