In the four-match Test series against Australia starting on Thursday, the Indian team management should replace Shiv Pantla Wriddhim Saha as a wicketkeeper, said batsman Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar, who completed the fastest 10,000 runs in Test cricket, said 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. Kar Shabhan had played all four Tests four years ago. Therefore, it is difficult for the selection committee, said Gavaskar. He also scored a century and did well behind the wicket. Also, if he hit a century a few days ago, it should be a management choice.
He said Pantla would prefer Saha over Australia’s pitches as they are not challenging for wicketkeeping. He said the pitches on which the ball moves need the best wicketkeepers and Saha would have been the first choice. But here the wicketkeeper will be a little behind the stumps and if more time is given then habshabh will be the right choice.
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Both Gavaskar and Lan Lan Border insisted on fielding Shubhaman Gill with Mayank Agarwal instead of Prithvi Shaw to start the innings. Gavaskar said the Indian top order is still volatile. Mayank Agarwal is the opener but who will come with him. Shubhaman Gill or Prithvi Shaw. Gill scored 0, 29, 43 and 65 in two practice matches, while Shawn scored 0, 19, 40 and three.
“I saw Gill batting in Sydney and I was very impressed,” Border said. He has good technique and some shots are immature due to his age but he is a good batsman. I just choose him. Gavaskar said Shawla will have to do some more work on his batting. The opener needs time to 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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