Though not a regular opener, but Shubman Gill has shown that he has the ability to do well at top of the order. Skipper Virat has great faith in him, and could be seen opening along with Mayank. (Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal is the only settled opener India has on this tour. It will be imperative for him to give good start to the team, like he did in Australia in 2018. (Twitter)
Pujara can never be kept out of an Indian Test playing XI, especially after his showing on the previous Australia tour in 2018.
If India is to win the first Test, Virat Kohli needs to get a big ton. He needs to shine once again to give his team a promising start in the Tests.
Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the side and is certain to play all the Tests. But his form in the last two years hasn't been the best. He would like to change that.
Vihari had excellent showing the warm up matches against Australia A where he scored a ton. He might play in the first Test at least.
With a ton in the warm up match against Aus A, Pant might just have done enough to seal his spot in the playing XI of 1st Test.
Ashwin is still India's best spinner by a mile, and the team would expect him to deliver the goods. Although he did not play in the second warm up match, he should be able to make it to the final XI.
It's a given that Mohammed Shami will be a part of every Indian Test team. Here too, he picks himself in the playing XI.
A match-winner, Bumrah is a must in the team. He showed that he has improved his batting a bit, and could get India some crucial runs at the end of the batting.