IND vs Australia: Pant or Saha – Who will lead Team India? Gavaskar gave this suggestion – Selection of Sunil Gavaskar: Pant over opener Saha, Gill over show as Saha opener

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  • Who should start as a wicketkeeper in a Test match?
  • Team India has two options in the form of Saha and Pant
  • The day-night test will be played at Ide Daled from December 17

Who should take over as wicketkeeper in the four-match Test series starting in Australia on Thursday? Team India has two options in the form of Sa Dhiman Saha and Habshabh Pant. In such a scenario, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that the Indian team management should replace Saha with an aggressive Pant.

Sunil Gavaskar said that Pant would give flexibility to the Indian batting order in the first Test. Pant scored 103 off 73 balls in the second practice match played with the pink ball. He said Pant had scored a century a few days back, after which he should have chosen management.

Gavaskar said he would prefer Pant to Saha as Australia’s pitches are not challenging for wicketkeeping.

He said, ‘The best wicketkeepers are needed on the pitches where the ball moves, and in that case Saha would have been the first choice. But here the wicketkeeper can stay a little behind the stumps and if he gets more time, he will be the right choice.

Both Gavaskar and Lennon Border insisted on fielding Shubhaman Gill with Mayank Agarwal instead of Prithvi Shaw to start the innings. Gavaskar said, “India’s top order is still volatile.”

Gill scored 0, 29, 43 and 65 in two practice matches, while Shawn scored 0, 19, 40 and 3.

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Seema said, ‘I saw Gill’s batting in Sydney and I was very impressed. His technique is good and some shots are immature due to his age, but he is a good batsman. I choose them.

Gavaskar said, ‘Shawla has to do some more work on his batting right now. The opener needs time so he can play the new ball well. He will have to strengthen his defense. He also said that he has the best expectations from Mayank Agarwal.

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