The Indian cricket team has announced its playing XI for the second Test of the four-match series against Australia. With Prithvi Shaw’s poor batting display in Adelaide, Shubman Gill was named in the team and the young opener is now set to make his debut in the longest format of the game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Talking about the 21-year-old opener, former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir wants the team management to back Gill and give him a “long-run” to prove his batting abilities.

In a conversation with Sports Today, Gambhir said, “I expect the team management not to pick him on hope and pick him on trust. Because if you pick somebody on the trust you end up giving him a long run. When you pick someone on hope, you only want him to do well.”

According to Gambhir, it will not be fair on Shubman if he is dropped from the playing XI when star batsman Rohit Sharma returns to the squad for the last two games.

“It will be very unfair on Shubman Gill if he opens the batting and gets to a 20-30 and then suddenly Rohit Sharma comes back and Gill finds himself outside the playing XI.”

Besides Gill, right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj will also earn his maiden Test cap on Saturday.

Leave a comment