World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev is against the addition of any other opener in India’s Test squad for the upcoming five-match series in England. According to him, there is no need to look beyond the players who are currently in the UAE.
His reaction came after reports surfaced that the management is looking to call Prithvi Shaw from Sri Lanka after Shubman Gill’s injury.
Kapil feels the likes of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are capable of opening the innings if needed in the series. The addition of any other player would be an insult to the players who are in the squad.
“I don’t think there is no need for it. There should be some respect for the selectors too. They have picked a team and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened without their (Shastri and Kohli) consultation. I mean, you have two such big opening batsmen in KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Do you really need a third option? I don’t think it’s right,” Kapil said on the ‘Wah Cricket’ show on ABP News.
“I’m not convinced with this theory. The team that they’ve picked already has openers so I think they should be the ones to play. Otherwise, it’s insulting for the players who are already in the team.”