The India team plays 11 for the first test against Australia: Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border on Monday chose Shubman Gill over Prithvi Shaw to open the half with Mayank Agarwal in the day-night test in Adelaide on December 17.
Without Rohit Sharma in the team, the question that could round out who should partner Mayank Agarwal as the opener? Should it be Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill? Or should KL Rah be promoted as an opening program?
Both are about Gavaskar and Border, Shubman Gill should be India’s choice for the opening slot instead of Shaw or anyone else.
“I think he [Shaw] they have to spend a little more time evaluating their beats. As an opening batsman, you have to take the time to see what the field and the home players are doing. ” Gavaskar said in a virtual media interaction. “Trying to beat as he is beating at the moment will not make him a consistent player. Yes, he will run from time to time, but he has to defend himself “.
Shaw also copied the criticism from Border because he played too many photos. He came out with 0, 19, 40 and 3 in the four outings of the two games in the tournament.
Border echoed Gavaskar’s views and praised Gill. “It simply came to our notice then [Shaw] plays one shot at each ball. I think with the new ball, it looks good on flat tracks, but in Australia, you have to be a little more careful with your selection of photos. It seems to be a bit loose (sic) outside the hub.
“I’ve been in Sydney for the last two days, watching your boys run. Jee, I was impressed with Gill. I really think she has something about him – his technique. I know he’s young, so he can play a few unexpected shots here and there, but he looks like a really good player. He will be my choice [for the opener’s position] from the guys I saw. “
Gill played in both of India’s warm-up matches before the first Test and had a good score, with scores of 43 and 65 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
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Gavaskar & Border with whom should India choose between Saha and Pant for the role of wicketkeeper?
Indian team coach Ravi Shastri could have hailed Wriddhiman Saha as “The best counter in the world” in 2019, but Gavaskar feels that Pant scored a hundred in the last round – under the lights – should see the left-hander enter India XI, at least for the first Test.
“Pant played in all four tests two years ago and also received one hundred. Apparently he got under the skin of some of the Australian players with his chirp behind his hubs. In addition, he scored 100 in the training game, so it would be the choice of the management “ Gavaskar said.
Pant was India’s goalkeeper in the last three overseas tournaments in England, Australia and New Zealand and became the first Indian goalkeeper to hit the Test centuries in England and Australia in the 2018-19 season.
Gavaskar feels the conditions and uncertainty around India’s top order, tipping the scales in Pant’s favor. “Here, because India will play pacers, so you can sit in the back and get a lot more time from 15 meters behind the hubs … and at the top of the order, India seems to be a little shaken, so that they would like you to strengthen their beatings “ Gavaskar said.
“But when you play on fields where the goalkeeper has to get up to the hubs, where the ball spins a little, then you tend to get your best goalkeeper, in which case Saha would be the obvious choice.”