Washington Sundar Emerges As A Balancing Option After He Bats, Bowls At Nets
But if Agarwal is unfit or if India thinks of bolstering their bowling as they may not have the services of Jasprit Bumrah and could even feature a semi-fit R Ashwin, it may prompt India to go for someone who can bat and bowl a bit much in the mold of Ravindra Jadeja.
In case India brings in Sundar, the eleven may be Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur/Jasprit Bumrah/T Natarajan.
The line-up with Washington Sundar will ensure that India's batting runs till No. 8 while they will also have five bowlers.
If they choose to bring in Agarwal, they will definitely have a quality batsman but they will feature a bowler less.
India's pace department without Bumrah, who is under an injury cloud, could at best have a combined Test experience of four matches as compared to Australia's 150. And if spinners are included, Australia's experience shoots up to 249 Tests against India's 78, including that of off-spinner R Ashwin. In case Ashwin is not fit to take the field, and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav does, India's combined bowling experience would at best be an abysmal 10.