The first test of the most awaited Border Gavaskar Trophy will be played in Nagpur. Here is Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Nagpur Pitch Report.
Australia and India will play a 4 match test series starting on the 9th of February. The series is very important, especially from the perspective of hosts India. The series defeat will kick India out of the race of WTC final 2023 which is going to take place at the Oval in June 2023.
The Aussies on the other hand eagerly want to break India’s 15 straight home series winning streak. The Border Gavaskar Trophy has a history of exciting nail-biting encounters. Vidharbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur will host the first test of the series.
IND vs AUS 1st Test 2023 Date, Time, Venue, and Weather
Date: 9th February, Thursday
Time: 9:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Vidharbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Weather: The weather at the center of Maharastra will be sunny throughout the 5 days of the Test match. The temperature will hover around 29°C to 32°C from morning to evening.
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Nagpur Pitch Report
The Nagpur wicket is absolutely heaven for the spinners and a nightmare for the batters. Vidharbha has given many rank turners in the past and we can expect the same this time.
Batting in the 4th innings at this venue takes a lot of courage and temperament as the ball turns a mile once the pitch gets torn. Batting first after winning the toss would be the option both captains will choose as nobody wants to last at this surface.
Stats at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Tests
The record has been even steven at the Nagpur. In the 5 games at this venue, 2 games each have been won by teams batting first and second. In those 5 games, India lost only a single test which came against South Africa back in 2010.
|Matches won batting first||2|
|Matches won bowling first||2|
|Average 1st Inns scores||345|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||418|
|Average 3rd Inns scores||261|
|Average 4th Inns scores||209|
Squads for IND vs AUS Test series 2023
India (for first two Tests): Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia: Pat Cummins (capt), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner