Former Indian Off-Spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed Shubman Gill to come good in the upcoming Test Series against New Zealand. Harbhajan has also suggested that India should go with Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal as their premier opening pair in the series.
“Shubman should get his chance since he has been part of the team (as reserve opener) for quite a while without playing any Test match.” Harbhajan Singh, skipper of Gill’s state team in white-ball cricket, said as quoted by India Today.
Of late, Shubman has been in very good nick also. In the unofficial Tests against New Zealand, the Right hander was utterly dominant in his outings. Gill scored a mammoth 423(83, 204* & 136) runs in three innings of that two-match test series at an average of 211.50 and a strike rate of 76.63.
Speaking about Shubman to be played in the middle order instead of Hanuma Vihari, Bhajji said, “No, in the middle order, Vihari is a better bet. He has done nothing wrong in his limited opportunities. Shubman’s real impact is when he is opening.”
He also spoke about the second opener India should play and backed Mayank Agarwal for that slot. Bhajji explained, “Mayank is a proven player in Test cricket and a top batsman. He understands his game very well. Just because of three ODI innings and a practice game, you don’t drop him. It doesn’t work like that.”
“He has been scoring lots of runs wherever he is playing, so I feel Mayank and Shubman should start in first Test,” he added.
In recently concluded ODI series, India suffered a whitewash.Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw opened for India in that series in absence of regular openers. Now, India is to play a two-match test series with Black Caps, the first Test of that is slated to be held at Basin Reserve in Wellington and will begin from February 21.