Mayank and Shubman should open in the first Test: Harbhajan Singh
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh feels that Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill should open in the upcoming New Zealand Test.
According to him, Shubman should be given a chance before Prithvi Shaw as he showes great form against New Zealand ‘A’. The first Test will begin in Wellington on February 21. India will play two Tests in the upcoming series.
In the unofficial Test against New Zealand ‘A’, Shubman scored 83 and 204 not out. He scored another century in opening in the next Test.
“Shubman occupies the place of reserve opener for a long time. This time he should be given the opportunities in main XI,” Harbhajan said.
Mayank Agarwal will remain as an opener. Rohit Sharma would undoubtedly play as his partner. But he could not play in the ODI series for injury, not in the Test series.
As a result, the place of an opener has been vacated. It should be remembered that Lokesh Rahul played great in the ODI format but he was not picked in the Test team. However, Mayank is not in the good form. He scored zero in two innings in the Test against New Zealand ‘A’. He did not even get runs in three ODIs.
According to Harbhajan, Mayank should still remain as a Test opener.
“Mayank has proved his worth in Test cricket. He has a clear idea about his own cricket. This way he cannot be excluded. In my opinion, Mayank and Shubman should open in the first Test.,”
Asking if Gill can be slotted in the middle-order, Harbhajan replied, “Not in the middle order. Shubman’s impact can be as an opener. How will Hanuma Vihari be excluded from the middle order?”