Veteran batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that as a wicketkeeper in the four-Test series against Australia starting on Thursday, the Indian team management should field Siddharth Pant in the field of field history. Gavaskar, who completed the fastest 10,000 runs in Test cricket, said Pant would relax the Indian batting order in the first Test. In the second practice match played with the pink ball, Pant scored 103 off 73 balls. Gavaskar said it would be difficult for the selection committee as Habshabh played all four Tests four years ago. He also scored a century and did well behind the wicket. Also, if he scored a century a few days ago, it should be a management choice.
He said he would prefer Pant instead of Saho who is technically more capable in wicketkeeping as the Australian pitch is not challenging for wicketkeeping. That said, on pitches where the ball takes a turn, the best wicketkeeper is needed and Saha would be the first choice. But here the wicketkeeper may be a little behind the stumps and if more time is given the habsha will make the right choice.
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Both Gavaskar and Alan Border insisted on fielding Shubhaman Gill instead of Prithvi Shaw with Mayank Agarwal for the start of the innings. Gavaskar said the Indian top order is still volatile. Mayank Agarwal is the opener but who will come with him. Shubman Gill or Earth Show. Gill scored 0, 29, 43 and 65 in two practice matches while Shaw scored 0, 19, 40 and three.
“I saw Gill batting in Sydney and I’m very impressed,” Border said. He has good technique and some shots are immature due to his age but he is a good batsman. I will choose it. Gavaskar said the show still has a little work to do on its batting. The opener needs time to play the new ball well. He has to strengthen his defense. He also said that he has the best expectations from Mayank Agarwal.
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