KL Rahul hints at India’s playing XI selection for the first Test against Australia

India will take on Australia in the first Test from February 9 onwards at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. India vice-captain KL Rahul addressed a press conference ahead of the series opener of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rahul confessed that this Test series is a must-win for India as they have their eyes on the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

Rahul admitted that there will be temptation to play spinners in the team because of the turning track in Nagpur but it is still early to know or predict what the pitch is going to do on the day of game. The playing XI is yet to be decided and is a tough decision, couple of chances are there, added Rahul.

Rahul expressed that the Indian batters have worked well on playing spin as they know how pitches are going to be there in home conditions. The Indian opener further added that each batter has individual plans, and everyone wants to play in their own way, which has been discussed with the group.

The 30-year-old batter believes that reverse swing is going to play a huge role in the series. Team with quality fast bowlers who can exploit the reverse swing could be dangerous. Australia has always produced high-quality pacers and team India knows the threat that they can pose.

If the team wants me to bat in the middle order, I am ready to do it, answered Rahul when asked about his batting position. Rahul concluded that he is excited to play against the world no.1 Test side.