‘If one or two innings of KL Rahul goes bad then you will see Shubman Gill opening’
The series is starting between India and Australia from 9 February.
Four Test matches are going to be played in the series between India and Australia.
New Delhi. Former Team India cricketer Mohammad Kaif believes that Shubman Gill can replace KL Rahul as India’s opener against Australia. He said that if Rahul fails to impress in his first two innings against Australia, then you can see Shubman Gill opening. In recent times, Shubman Gill has been in excellent form in all three formats. Gill has recently given India a big win by 168 runs by scoring a century in the third T20 match against New Zealand. With this century, Gill has become the fifth and youngest Indian player to score a century in all three formats.
During a conversation on Star Sports, when asked whether it would be right to open with Shubman Gill in the Australia series? Mohammad Kaif replied, “Even if KL Rahul is the vice-captain, it can still happen. I am sure Rahul will start. KL Rahul will be under a lot of pressure. He needs to start scoring runs immediately. If one or two innings go bad, then Shubman Gill will start in place of KL Rahul.
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Mohammad Kaif told why he is confident that Shubman Gill will play in the middle order during the series. He said, “Shubman Gill can land at number 5 or number 6. He will undoubtedly perform. Cheteshwar Pujara will come at number three and Virat Kohli at number four. Shreyas Iyer is not well right now. So he can fit in at No.5 or No.6.”
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Mohammad Kaif believes that Shubman Gill is capable of getting a place in the playing XI. He said, “Shubman Gill is the kind of player you want to see in the starting lineup. So he will find his place somewhere. He is a great batsman with great form. His batting style is simple.
Please tell that in his 13 Test matches, Shubman Gill has scored 736 runs at an average of 32.00. He has a strong record against Australia. He has scored 259 runs in three Tests at an impressive average of 51.80, including a crucial 91 in the historic win at the Gabba.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 02, 2023, 19:41 IST