When Team India plays Australia in a four-match series next month, they will be put to the test in the longest format of the game. To have a chance of appearing in the World Test Championship final, which will take place in June of this year, India, which is now positioned second in the rankings with 58.93 percentage points, must win the Test series. Australia, on the other hand, won by a comfortable 75.56 percentage points.

Rishabh Pant, one of India’s most reliable players in the format, suffered significant injuries in a vehicle accident last month before the series started. The head, back, and leg injuries Pant, the India wicketkeeper-batsman, received will force him to miss a significant amount of game time even though his life is not in danger. Although Pant has been replaced by backup wicketkeepers Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat for the first two Test matches, Australia legend Ian Chappell believes the squad will still be missing the 24-year-old wicketkeeper.

No other batter, according to Chappell, could equal Pant’s “desire to dominate bowlers,” who received great praise from him. India also has to establish several other things, not the least of which is how Pant’s replacement performs. India will lose a phenomenal run rate as a result of Pant’s absence, mostly because of his ferocious belligerence. No one can match Pant’s will to dominate bowlers, thus India must rely on its best batsmen to play well and maintain a high strike rate, according to Chappell’s ESPNCricinfo article.

India’s top three batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara, are preparing to go against Australian spinner Nathan Lyon. Chappell also gave them the assignment to do.

“To establish mental supremacy over Lyon will be one of the major goals for Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara. The “big three” will play a significant role in Australia’s bowling if Lyon is unable to consistently take wickets at a fair rate “Chappell made a statement.