Playing XI was announced for the Sydney Test match and two changes were made in the team as Rohit Sharma and Navdeep Saini. Although T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur were also talked about being included in the playing XI for this Test match, Navdeep Saini beat them and now he is in Sydney led by Jasprit Bumrah. Together with Siraj, you will be seen making a blast.
The most convincing reason behind why Navdeep Saini has been named in the squad for the Sydney Test match is that when India played a limited-overs match in Sydney in this series, the pitch was completely flat there. On flat pitches, bowlers who have pace and saini can be more beneficial. At the same time, former Indian cricket Ashish Nehra also said that, on the Sydney pitch, Saini can be very beneficial for India because of his fast pace.
On the other hand, Navdeep Saini has the ability to throw a bouncer and according to Nehra he can throw a much better bouncer according to T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur and the team management has given him a chance in the playing eleven. Nehra also said that the current Australian batsmen are not comfortable in facing short pitch balls as earlier Ricky Ponting or Matthew Hayden, Saini could prove to be extremely fatal for these batsmen. Saini has the ability to throw a great bouncer and its proper use can prove helpful in Team India's win.
Talking about Navdeep Saini, the other reason behind his inclusion in the team could also be because he has the ability to gain extra speed and bounce. He has bounce balls and extra paces that can prove to be very beneficial for the team in Sydney. He has played 7 ODIs and 10 T20 matches for India, while in Sydney he will make his Test debut for India.
Team India's playing eleven for Sydney Test match-
Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mo. Siraj, Navdeep Saini.