Srinagar: Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that Team India’s rising star batter Shubman Gill is perfect to open for entire Test series along with Rohit Sharma.
Sharing his views on YouTube, the former Indian cricketer explained why team should pick Gill as Rohit’s opening partner.
“The opening partnership is the most important thing. Openers set the tone in any series. According to me, India’s openers in the Australia series should be Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The form he is in, Gill is on another level. Even though KL Rahul is a top player, his stats (across all formats in 2022) are not favouring him at the moment. Whereas Gill is in the form of his life. He has shattered multiple records in recent months,” Harbhajan said.
“If Team India wants to win this Test series, then Shubman Gill should open with Rohit Sharma,” Harbhajan observed.
“After scoring so many runs, I think he deserves to be in the Indian playing XI not for just one game. I think India should stick with Shubman Gill throughout the series. If he plays in the form and confidence that he is in, Gill will score plenty of runs for India. So I hope he gets to play,” Harbhajan added.
The youngest Indian to score centuries in all three formats, opener Gill has played 13 Tests for the Rohit-led side. The 23-year-old made his Test debut against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2020. Gill has amassed 736 runs with an average of 32.0 in Test cricket.
India is scheduled to meet Australia in the 1st Test at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.