May 22, 2022

India tour to England: India should consider opening with KL Rahul in Test series, says Sunil Gavaskar


Former captain and legendary drummer Sunil Gavaskar backed KL Rahul for first place in the 5-Test series against England, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham. India is in deep trouble as Shubman Gill is left out of the series due to injury.

The visitors took a heavy blow earlier this week as the second-choice opener Mayank Agarwal has been kicked out of the first Test after being injured during a training session. India has Abhimanyu Easwaran as a backup opener and people like Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have left for the UK from Colombo. However, both players will not be available for the first Test.

Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that KL Rahul hit a hundred on the last Indian tour of England and the wicket-beater-keeper also hit a hundred in their only practice match, a first-class match of 3. days against a County Select XI last month.

“I think with KL Rahul scoring a hundred in the three-day game, he should be the person they should consider to open the stick. Mayank Agarwal has had a stellar season in 2019, but on the last tour in Australia he struggled a bit, “Gavaskar told the Press Trust of India.

“While with a hundred under his belt, I think Rahul will have a lot of confidence. This is the person I would look to open the stick, without Pujara going up in order. Also remember, the last test match that Rahul played in England (in 2018), he got a hundred at The Oval. With that in mind, it might be a good idea to consider Rahul as an opener before Mayank, ”added the great batter.

India are expected to announce their game on Tuesday when captain Virat Kohli addresses the pre-series press conference.

After losing the World Test Championship final to New Zealand in June, India will look to bounce back as they enter their next WTC round against England in the upcoming series.

Pujara should also trust his method in England: Gavaskar

India will be looking for a good start, but they have some concerns about their batting order and one of them is the approach of Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara enjoyed success in Australia earlier this year, but his inability to handle the ball in motion was revealed in the WTC final.

However, Gavaskar supported Cheteshwar Pujara, under pressure, for his ability to hold the fort. Nonetheless, Gavaskar said the management of the Indian team can explore “someone else” if they feel their method is no longer working.

Known for his rock solid defense and hitting technique, Pujara has received a lot of criticism for not being able to put aside the poor deliveries of recent years, the most recent being the World Championship final. test against New Zealand.

“Pujara came to international level playing a certain way, he has to trust that method. In case the team doesn’t trust that method, then they might have to consider bringing someone in. else, “Gavaskar said on a virtual call on Monday.

“But it’s a method that worked for him, worked for India. He held the fort on one end while the racing players on the other end were free to play their strokes knowing that there is a solid player at one end.

“I think he has to believe in himself and keep playing the way he knows best because he has done a fantastic job for India over the years,” he added.