Former India pacesetter Ajit Agarkar has said he would be really surprised if Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t promote himself to number four, in the absence of Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests against Australia. India and Australia will now compete on Boxing Day, which starts on December 26. Agarkar also believes Shubman Gill should replace skipper Kohli in the Indian line-up for the second test match in Melbourne. “I think Rahane should promote himself to number four in Kohli’s absence. He has the experience and he has scored runs away from India. This is a time when the leader has to get up, I would be surprised if Rahane doesn’t promote himself to number one. 4. I think Shubman should play Gill, I’ve been advocating for that for a while, he has the potential I know he’s opening up to Punjab in domestic cricket but if someone like him does well he can serve Indian cricket for a long time, ”Agarkar told ANI.
India stumbled to an eight wicket loss in the first Test of the series. On the third day of the first Test, India finished with a total of 36/9 in the second innings, with Australia getting a mediocre 90-run goal to lead 1-0. Australia chased the total comfortably within 21 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Prithvi Shaw got a nod in the first test as the opener, but he failed to leave an impression, scoring only four runs. Speaking of Shaw, Agarkar said: “Obviously, if your openers don’t perform, it puts more pressure on your middle order. That’s a given, especially in overseas conditions when you can play the new ball, life becomes easier for the batters. of the middle order. A test doesn’t make you a good player or a bad player, if it turns into a pattern you should be concerned. “
“You also have to remember that it has been nine months since India last played a test game, it’s not easy to just show up and expect things to happen. Even Australia looked rusty, but on the third day of that. the first test was Australia a real bull’s eye. Good and everything that was thrown well caught the edge of the bat. India’s openers have to play better, otherwise life will get harder. “
“Just because someone failed in a practice match doesn’t change the line-up if you think this is your best team on an overseas tour, you agree. Rishabh Pant scored a lot in the practice match, but he wasn’t part of the match of the first test, does it mean it was a wrong decision? Mayank Agarwal did not do much in the first test either, if you get thrown out for 36 it is unfair to take a player out. good or bad player , I was impressed with the decision to play Shaw in the first test. If you supported him seeing his performance in exhibition games, it shows that you are confident in your plans. Sometimes you have to stick with it despite what there is talk outside. “
Agarkar went on to say that Shaw would have to get one more test match because he was chosen in the first test, and it would now be unfair for team management to drop him for the second test.
“Right now, Shaw is the flavor of the season or month that everyone is trying to beat him, but you have to remember why he was your first choice firing people. It can be a little harsh firing people. Will his confidence. Don’t enlarge Anyone can see he’s not in top form but it only takes one innings to change that If you decide to play someone in the first game he definitely deserves a shot It will be tough if that so too many changes after the first test, especially when the team was eliminated for 36, ”said Agarkar.
Pacer Mohammad Shami is also out of the test series against Australia after breaking his arm during the first test. The bowler was hit in the arm while facing a bouncer in the second innings by Pat Cummins. When asked if India will struggle to take 20 wickets in a test in Shami’s absence, Agarkar said: “It will certainly be difficult in Shami’s absence. What Shami and Bumrah have done with Ishant in support has been great “You lose that type of player early in the series, it’s always difficult. It’s a chance for someone else to make a name for yourself, you have to remember that these are Australian circumstances and as a fast bowler you do get some help.”
“If you trust Jadeja to hit number six, then you understand playing five bowlers. Otherwise I see no reason to play with five bowlers, especially when you are bundled for 36, you need that extra cushion.”
The second Test of the series of four games starts on December 26 from 5:00 am.
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