The Indians take the threat of Mitchell Stark very seriously and if anyone makes it through their second practice at the Oval ahead of the World Testing finals, they have yet to choose between Ishan Keeshan and K.S. Bharat as choice to hold the wicket. Australia trained in the morning in cold and overcast conditions, but the Indians brought sunshine to the Oval when they came to practice in the afternoon. Although it was an optional session, most of the attendees showed up with the exception of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and reserve player Suryakumar Yadav.
Skipper Rohit Sharma kept a close eye on coach Rahul Dravid for two and a half hours and only took throws after all the main hitters had hit the nets.
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While Scott Boland and Pat Cummins can do a lot of damage with their bowling, the Indians spent most of their time playing at left hand pace.
Team member Jaidev Undakat, bowler Aniket Chowdhary and a local pacer gave the batters plenty of left-hand bowling practice.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Shami were the first to get hit. Shami batted for over 30 minutes, showing that he takes his game very seriously.
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Virat Kohli hit some balls against the spinners and then moved to the adjacent net to face Shami and Unadkat. After that, he practiced slip fishing with Rahein and Gill.
Offi Deli Pulkit Narang, one of the net bowlers traveling with the team, spent a long time with batters, using him in tougher battles with Nathan Lyon.
India has to choose between two spinners or a fourth pace option and two days before the game no one could come to a conclusion. Ravindra Jadehi had the bowl and Ashwin only came out to hit.
Another tough choice they have to make is guarding the gate.
Both Bharat and Kishan practiced wicket-keeping drills before moving on to the net.
The pundits are divided in their choice and many support Keeshan for his best hitting ability. Bharat is promoted as a superior wicket-defending option. We’ll have to wait until the final practice to draw a conclusion about the game of eleven.
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