Playing 11 of Team India for first Test against Australia: Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border on Monday selected Shubman Gill over Prithvi Shaw to open the inning with Mayank Agarwal in the day-night Test in Adelaide on 17 December.
Without Rohit Sharma in the squad, the question of the return, who should cooperate with Mayank Agarwal as an opener? Is it Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill? Or should KL Rahul be promoted as an opener?
Gavaskar & Border both think, Shubman Gill should be India’s choice for the open slot instead of Shaw or anyone else.
“I think he is [Shaw] has to spend a little more time evaluating his beating. As a starting hitter, you need to give yourself time to see what the pitch and the bowlers are doing. “ Gavaskar said at a virtual media interaction. “Trying to hit as he hits right now won’t make him a consistent player. Yes, he will make runs from time to time, but he needs to tighten his defense.”
Shaw also dealt with criticism from Border for playing a few too many shots. He was away for 0, 19, 40, and 3 in his four outings in the two tour games.
Border echoed Gavaskar’s views and also praised Gill. “It seems to me.” [Shaw] plays a shot every ball. I guess with the new ball it looks good on flat tracks, but in Australia you have to be a little more careful about your shooting. He seems to be a little free (sic) outside the outer stump.
“I’ve been in Sydney for the last two days watching your boys run around. Jee, I impressed Gill. I really think he has something about him – his technique. I know he’s young, so he can play a few mindless shots here and there, but he looks like a seriously good player. He will be my choice [for the opener’s position] from the guys I saw. “
Bran performed in both of India’s warm-up matches before the first Test and was excellent, with scores of 43 and 65 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
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Gavaskar & Border on which India should choose between Saha and Pant for the wicket guard role?
Indian team coach Ravi Shastri may have hailed Wriddhiman Saha as the “Best Goalkeeper in the World” in 2019, but Gavaskar feels the fact that Pant won a hundred in the last outing game – under 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 he also got a hundred. He seems to be under the skin of some of the Australian players with his chirping behind the stumps. In addition, he comes out 100 in the practice game, so he would be the choice of the management, “ Gavaskar said.
Trousers was India’s goalkeeper in the last three overseas tours to England, Australia and New Zealand and became the first Indian goalkeeper to hit Test Centuries in England and Australia in the 2018-19 season
Gavaskar feels the conditions and the uncertainty surrounding India’s highest order to tip the scales in favor of Pant. “Here, because India will play walkers, so you can stand behind and you get so much more time from 15 yards behind the stumps … also at the top of the order, India seem to be a little shaky so they would strengthen their bat . “ Gavaskar said.
“But when you play on pitches where the keeper has to stand up to the stumps, where the ball spins a little, then you tend to take your best guard, in which case Saha would be the obvious choice.”