Australia vs India: Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the first test match.© AFP
Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has competed for Shubman Gill and KL Rahul to be included in the Indian side for the upcoming Boxing Day Test, starting December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “I wanted Prithvi Shaw to start the series because if a player has scored one hundred and twenty fifty in four test matches and scored a fifty in the last tough tour to New Zealand, then you start with him, the form was undoubtedly not good. But now in form he is in, more than in form his confidence is very low, so I want to see Shubman Gill at the top, along with Mayank Agarwal and Pujara at number three, ” Gambhir said on Star Sports. show “Cricket Connected”.
Gambhir also advised Ajinkya Rahane to perform and hit number four in Kohli’s absence. The former Indian batsman further wants the team management to bring in Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to replace Wriddhiman Saha and Hanuma Vihari.
“I want to see Rahane in number four. I don’t want Rahane to stay in number five because if he is the captain now, he has to lead from the front. So Rahane should play in number four instead of Virat Kohli. KL. Rahul should play number five and Rishabh Pant should play number 6. Jadeja and Ashwin should play number seven and eight and then three seamers. I will want to play with five bowlers, ”said Gambhir.
India stumbled on an eight wicket loss in the first Test of the four-match series. On the third day of the first Test, India was bundled for 36 in the second innings and Australia got a mediocre goal of 90 runs to lead 1-0. Australia chased the total comfortably within 21 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Skipper Virat Kohli would not be there for the visitors for the remaining three Tests as he is going home after receiving paternity leave from the BCCI. The Indians may have had a 62-point lead on the third day of the first Test, but the team squandered the advantage as the batsmen failed to get the opportunity and Australia made light work of the visitors. While Josh Hazelwood scalped five wickets, Pat Cummins took four.
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