Team India captain Rohit Sharma backed KL Rahul in spite of the latter’s continued poor form with the bat. Rahul was under pressure going into the Test series against Australia at home due to a string of low scores. He registered four failures in Bangladesh during the two-match series, while captaining the team in Rohit’s absence.
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for his figures of 4/60 on Day 1 of the second Test against Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, February 17. India were asked to bowl first after Pat Cummins won the toss again. For the second Test in a row, the hosts cleaned up the visitors on the opening day.