New Delhi: The regular Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is all set to join the team in Australia before the first Test but there are some serious doubts about his availability for the match, starting November 9.
According to the original schedule, India were to play their first Test at Brisbane from November 4 under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli. But after the rescheduling of the entire Test series between India and Australia, due to the sad demise of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, it has now become a mystery, who will lead visiting side in the opening Test, stand-in skipper Kohli or Dhoni.
If sources are to be believed, then Kohli will still lead the side in the first Test which has now been shifted from Brisbane to Adelaide. If the sources are right then it would be a blessing in disguise for Kohli, as Oval is undoubtedly a special ground for the stylish batsman.
The right-hander scored his maiden Test ton on this ground, when India visited these shores last time.
The supremely gifted batsman played a gritty knock of 116 runs on this ground to prove his mettle for the first time in whites. The 213-ball knock, in the first innings of the fourth Test, in which the aggressive batsman smashed 11 boundaries and a six was also special because it was against the Aussies and that too at their own back yard.
Though for any team to beat Australia in Australia is a herculean task in itself, Kohli can take heart from the fact that he might lead the Test side for the very first time in one of his favourite grounds.