For Gavaskar and Border, Shubman Gill is the preferred opener over Prithvi Shaw

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While the Team India are ready to get back in action again with the four-match Test series against Australia, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and former Australia captain Allan Border want Shubman Gill to open for India in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide instead of Prithvi Shaw, who has been struggling in recent time. While Shaw could only score 62 in four innings at an average of 15.5 in the two warm-up games, Gill managed 127 runs at 31.75 including a fifty.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill had a fruitful outing in the warm-up game (ProBatsman)

While speaking to the media in a virtual conference, Border said, “I have been in Sydney the last couple of days watching your boys run around against Australia A. Gee, I was impressed with Gill. I really think he has got something about him. His technique. I know he is young, he can play some rash shots, but gee he looks a seriously good player, this kid. He would be my pick out of the guys I saw.”

He further added that Shaw needs to be careful with his shot selection as he was seen playing too many shots and struggled to play outside the off-stump as well.

“It seems to me he (Shaw) plays the shorter ball against the new ball. It looks good on flatter tracks but in Australia you’ve got to be a bit more watchful about your shot selection. He seems to be loose outside the off-stump for me. If I am an Indian selector, I am going to look very closely at young Gill,” added Border.

On the other hand, Sunil Gavaskar also echoed Border, citing that Shaw needs to give time assessing his batting and give himself more time in the middle as well to see how the pitch is behaving. He even believed the way he is batting now, wouldn’t help him become a consistent player.

Gavaskar also backed Border’s comment on Shubman Gill opening the batting, adding, “I think Shubman will open in the first Test. I think he has shown good form. AB (Allan Border) was there, he was very impressed with what he saw of Shubman Gill. So I would imagine that he should open the batting with Mayank Agarwal.”

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