Sunil Gavaskar

Former Team India skipper Sunil Gavaskar suggested some changes in India’s Test XI after their loss to New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). The team is next scheduled to play a five-match Test series England, starting August 4.

However, before the start of the series, the BCCI has decided to conduct a couple of warm-up games. Gavaskar lauded the idea of hosting practice games and believes that it will provide the management with a good opportunity to decide their opening combination. 

The 71-year-old backed Mayank Agrawal to make a comeback in the team. He added that during the practice games, India should let Mayank and Shubman Gill open the innings so that a comparison can be made between the two.

“Mayank Agarwal has done a really good job for India, twice he’s scored a double century opening the innings. It’s a good thing that the BCCI and Jay Shah have taken the initiative to conduct some warm-up matches before the England Tests so there you can decide who between Gill and Agarwal can open for India,” he told Sportstak.

“Make them open the innings together because Rohit Sharma is a certainty and he can be rested for a game. That would give you an idea of who has the better technique for English conditions. And then based on that, they can make a decision whether they want to play Mayank Agarwal or Shubman Gill,” Gavaskar added.

Sunil Gavaskar also carried out a detailed analysis regarding Gill‘s batting technique. The youngster was picked ahead of Mayank in the WTC Final, but he failed to impress in the marquee clash.

Gavaskar said that Gill doesn’t have impressive footwork and needs to work on that aspect of the game to excel. 

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