Ahead of the 3rd Test at Sydney Cricket Ground, India receives a boost in the form of Rohit Sharma as he’s all set to join the Indian side in Melbourne on Wednesday. Former India opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar has given his verdict on who opens for the Indian side in the next Test which takes places in Sydney amidst all the uncertainty.
The Indian openers in this series have really not lived up to the expectations barring Shubman Gill in the 2nd Test. India started off with Prithvi Shaw in the first test at Adelaide Oval where he registered 0 and 4 which resulted in him getting dropped, only to be replaced by his 2018 U-19 World Cup deputy Shubman Gill.
As much as we talk about Mayank Agarwal’s partners’ performance in this series, it hasn’t been that fruitful of a series for Agarwal himself. In the 2 Tests, Mayank Agarwal has scored only 31 runs across 4 innings at an average of 7.75, which is why even Agarwal’s place in the side is under extreme scrutiny.
‘Mayank – Rohit Open, Gill In Middle Order And Vihari Sits Out’ – Sunil Gavaskar
Former India opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar who scored 5 out of 8 hundred against Australia in Australia delivered his verdict on the changes to expect in the next test for the Indian side. Sunil Gavaskar wants Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma to open the innings with Shubman Gill sliding down the order, resulting in Hanuma Vihari losing his place in the playing XI.
“I will have Mayank – Rohit opening, Gill in the middle order, and Vihari goes out for the third Test,” he said while speaking after the conclusion of the second Test on Sony Sports Network.
Just like Agarwal, Vihari too has been disappointing in the ongoing Test series. In the 2 outings, Hanuma Vihari has scored just 45 runs at an average of mere 15 runs which makes Vihari’s place in the side under extreme danger.
The third match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starts from January 7 (Thursday) at the Sydney Cricket Ground.