The Indian team set foot in Australia after a gap of four years and are well on course for a historic Test series win Down Under.
The side that toured the nation four years ago were lacking massively in experience after many stalwarts had retired from the game. An almost similar but more experienced side has taken the field this time around as well, and the way that they have played after correcting their mistakes have been applaud-worthy. However, with most players above the age of 30, it can be said that when the team visits Australia next time, in roughly four years from now, a few players will have bid adieu. There might be others who might not in the fray after a string of disappointing shows as well.
Here are the 4 Test players who might be on their last Australian tour:
The off-spinner has been India’s biggest Test-match player in recent years and also has a plethora of records to his name. Ashwin became the fastest to 300 wickets and is well on course to grabbing 400 scalps.
The Tamil Nadu player is already 33 years of age and will be 37 by the time the next tour to Australia comes around. He has been plagued by injuries in the recent past, having missed the last Test in England due to injury and then being absent for the last few Tests against Australia as well. With Ravindra Jadeja coming into his own in the format with both bat and ball, and with Kuldeep Yadav showing that he has the skills to perform in Tests after taking a fifer at the SCG in the first innings, Ashwin might not be an automatic choice for selection in four years. The fact that he does not play ODIs anymore could further hamper his chances.
The wicket-keeping slot had been a major cause of concern for the Indian team after Wriddhiman Saha’s shoulder issues cropped up. Hence, Dinesh Karthik was given a go in England and after failing to perform, the selectors went ahead with Rishabh Pant in the series against England. With the youngster seizing his chances, it is almost but certain that he is in the side for along haul, which puts Parthiv Patel, the backup keeper, uncertain for the next tour.
The Gujarat keeper has scored plenty of runs in domestic cricket but has been unable to create a mark in the international fold. He had toured Australia last in 2004 before MS Dhoni arrived in the international fold and in the four games he played, he could manage only 160 runs. He did not get a game this time around and it is safe to say that Patel might have toured the land for the last time in the whites.
Vijay was dropped after the first few Tests in England owing to a consistent bad form, but a good showing in county cricket saw him back for the series against Australia. However, 49 runs in four innings saw him being dropped for Mayank Agarwal, who has done well to grab onto his chances. With Vijay averaging only 18.80 in 2018, it is not long before the opener is overlooked for Tests, and hence, he might not play in Australia four years later.
Rahul who had scored his maiden hundred in Australia in 2014 had a chance to seal his spot in the Test team after scoring a magnificent ton in England earlier this year. With Shikhar Dhawan dropped and with Prithvi Shaw injured, Rahul was chosen as the second opener alongside Murali Vijay. However, only 48 runs in four innings meant that he was dropped for the Boxing Day Test. He did play at the SCG, but with only 9 runs in the first innings, things do not look too bright for Rahul and in all probability, he might be axed from the side soon.