new Delhi: Former opening batsman of the Indian team Gautam Gambhir believes that in the Boxing Day Test match against Australia from 26 December in Melbourne, Team India should go with five specialist bowlers. Let me tell you that in the first Test match played in Adelaide, the Indian team captained by Virat Kohli suffered an embarrassing defeat by 8 wickets. In the second innings of the Adelaide Test match, Team India were reduced to their lowest test score of just 36 runs.
After this defeat, a lot of questions are also being raised on Team India. According to former opener Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane should step down to bat at number 4 in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli. At the same time, five bowlers should be given a chance in the playing eleven of the Indian team. The command of Team India is now in the hands of Ajinkya Rahane, as Virat Kohli has returned to India for the birth of his first child. Kohli will now live on Paternity Leave.
Gautam Gambhir said in the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’, ‘I want to see Ajinkya Rahane batting at number four in place of Virat Kohli, because he is the captain and in the interest of the team, he is batting himself. Should promote in
Gautam Gambhir has also asked KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant to be included in the playing eleven. According to Gambhir, Rahul should get a chance to replace Hanuma Vihari and Pant with Riddhiman Saha. Both Vihari and Saha failed the Adelaide Test.
Gautam Gambhir said, ‘KL Rahul should come down to bat at number five and Rishabh Pant as wicket-keeper batsman at number 6. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja at No. 7 and Ravichandran Ashwin at No. 8 should play. Apart from this, India should include three fast bowlers in the playing eleven.
Gautam Gambhir has suggested to give Shubman Gill a chance in place of the in-form opening batsman Prithvi Shaw. Please tell that Prithvi Shaw was able to score a total of 4 runs in both innings of the Adelaide Test and technical weaknesses were also seen in his batting.
Gautam Gambhir said, ‘I believe Shubman Gill should start the innings in the next Test match with Mayank Agarwal. Presently, Prithvi Shaw, who is struggling with poor form, lacks confidence, Gill can prove to be his better option. Let us know that in the four-match Test series, Australia has a 1-0 lead. The second Test match between the two teams will be played in Melbourne from 26 December.