Following the much hyped controversy around Nagpur pitch for the first Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia, the focus has now shifted to the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi for the all-important second Test.
Well, there is no respite for the visitors as the pitch on offer for the second Test is likely to favour the hosts as well. It is anticipated that the high-voltage match will witness a spinner-friendly surface. Fans can expect the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to script another worth-remembering outing.
While India will look to consolidate its position with a 2-0 lead, Australia will aim to bounce back to level the four-match Test series 1-1.
Going by the past record, it will not be an easy job for the visitors on the ground. Earlier India and Australia have played seven Test matches in the stadium. While the hosts have won three matches, the visitors have won just one game. The remaining matches have ended in draw.
As per the previous record, while the average first-innings total on the ground is 342 runs, the fourth innings’ average is of 165 runs. Legendary leg-spinner and former India captain Anil Kumble had picked up his historic 10-wicket haul against Pakistan in a 1999 Test at this venue. The Stadium was known as Feroz Shah Kotla then.
India’s probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, Srikar Bharat (Wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.