Legendary Sunil Gavaskar believes the Indian team board should prefer an aggressive Rishabh Pant over a theoretically healthy Wriddhiman Saha for the role of the goalkeeper in the four-match Test series against Australia, starting on Thursday. Gavaskar, the fastest to reach 10,000 tryouts, said that with a lightning 73-ball 103-run hit in the second warm-up game under his belt, Pant will give India more flexibility in the first try, the only day-night game. , to be played in Adelaide.
“It will be difficult for the tournament selection committee as Rishabh played in all 4 Test matches four years ago. He also got a hundred and seemed to be under the skin of the Australian players with his chirp behind the stumps.
“… when you had just come out a hundred a few days before, he would have been the choice of management, in my opinion,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar said he prefers Pants to more than a more accomplished guard in Saha, as Australian pitches are not as demanding when it comes to guarding wickets.
“When you play on pitches where the goalkeeper has to stand up to the stumps, where the ball is slightly out, then you tend to take your best goalkeeper, in which case Wriddhiman Saha would be the obvious choice,” he explained.
“But here, India will have amusements where you can stand back and have a little more time, my feeling is that they will go for Rishabh,” Gavaskar said, previewing the series named after him and Allan Border to be sent by Sony Networks . .
Both Gavaskar and Border batted for Shubman Gill over Prithvi Shaw to open up side Mayank Agarwal in the series.
“… India is a little shaky. They don’t know who they’re going with. Mayank Agarwal is of course a certainty. But who’s the other opener – Shubman Gill or Prithvi Shaw?” Gavaskar said.
“So with uncertainty up, they would like to strengthen their batting and so Rishabh Pant will play. I hope he (Rishabh) plays at 6, because then that will allow you to pick 5 bowlers to try to get 20 Australian wickets,” he added.
In the two warm-up games, Gill’s scores – 0, 29, 43, 65 – improved with each hit while Shaw – with scores of 0, 19, 40, 3 – looked extraordinary.
And Border was strongly impressed with how Gill formed.
“I’ve been in Sydney the last two days, watching the Indian team against Australia A. I impressed Gill,” the former Australian captain said.
“I really think he has something about him, his technique. I know he’s young, so he can play a few thoughtless shots here and there, but he looks seriously a good player, this kid. He would be my choice. from the guys I saw.
“I know you guys (rate) Shaw, but it seems to me he’s playing bowling. Against the new ball, he looks good on flat tracks, but in Australia you have to be a little more careful about your shooting,” he added.
Gavaskar agreed with Border and said Shaw should go back to the board and work out his weaknesses – inconsistency and a bad shot.
“I agree with AB (Allan Border). I think he (Shaw) needs to spend a little more time evaluating his batting. Because as a starting batsman, you have to give yourself time to see what the pitch does, see what do the bowlers, ”he said.
“Trying to hit the way he’s batting right now won’t make him a consistent player. Yes, he’ll make runs from time to time, but he has to tighten his defense.”
Gavaskar however was pretty sure of the other opener, saying Mayank Agarwal is the player worth noting in the series.
“For me the notable player from India will be Mayank Aggarwal. He came to Australia for the last two Test matches two years ago and he actually showed the way, as until then India had not started,” the Gavaskar said.
“He showed how to deal with Nathan Lyon. He went from strength to strength. Look at the season he had last year where he won a double cent against South Africa.
“He got two hundred doubles if I’m not mistaken (two doubles in three games). So he’s the guy I’m really looking forward to in this series,” Gavaskar added.
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