After having won the second Test and levelled the four-match series by 1-1 as well as the return of Rohit Sharma left the Team India with plenty of options for the selection. However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed which playing XI India should play with, in the third Test in Sydney, which is all set to start from January 7.
The batting legend India said that India’s swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma should come into the playing XI and open the innings with Mayank Agarwal.
“I would be keeping Mayank Agarwal. I know he’s not looked good but he’s a quality player. I would keep him in the side and open the batting with Rohit,” Gavaskar said when he was asked about India’s team selection for the third Test in the Extra innings show on Sony Sports Network.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma joined the Test squad in Melbourne on Wednesday after completing his mandatory quarantine period. On the other hand, Gavaskar said that the debutant Shubman Gill, who has impressed everyone with stunning knocks of 45 and 35* in the second Test, should bat at down in the order, ideally at No.5 in the next Test against Australia.
“Despite the fact that Shubman Gill has looked so good at the top, I’d look to bat him at No.5,” he further added.
However, Sunil Gavaskar has also explained the reason why he has said that and also added that Gill’s approach will be more suited in the middle order rather than in the top of the order.
“I’m not too sure, that with his approach he would be too successful at the opening position also at the U19 level he was batting down the order so I think for Shubman Gill no.5 would be the ideal position. The rest of the team should remain same and obviously if Gill bats at five, Vihari goes out automatically,” Gavaskar concluded.
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