Former Tamil Nadu player and India manager Sunil Subramaniam said that players like Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw are banging the doors to be picked in Tests. He also asked how long will the selectors, captain, and coach will ignore them.
His words arrive after KL Rahul’s poor form in India vs Australia Test series has started a debate among cricket fans, who want KL Rahul to be dropped as India’s opener in Tests. Recently, KL Rahul was also dropped as India’s Test vice-captain.
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Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw Banging The Doors: Sunil Subramaniam
While speaking to Times on India, Sunil Subramanium shared his views on the matter. Subramanium, who was India’s manager during coach Ravi Shastri’s tenure, said that players like Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw can’t be ignored to be picked in Tests due to their marvelous performances.
“You should realize that Rahul, at that stage, was a youngster…but now it’s significantly different. It’s not like India did not have options at that time but they were perhaps not of the quality of Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. Murali Vijay had just been replaced by Rahul himself and Shikhar Dhawan’s Test career was also witnessing a downward curve. There were no immediate replacements in the domestic circuit. Gill and Shaw were too young and Agarwal hadn’t quite set the Ranji Trophy alight”, Sunil Subramaniam said.
“There are players like Shubman who are just not knocking, but banging on the door. And then there’s Prithvi Shaw as well. How long can you ignore legitimate claims?” Subramaniam asked.
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Shubman Gill recently slammed a double century against New Zealand in an ODI game, grabbing the limelight of all. On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw shattered a triple century of 379 runs in the Ranji Trophy 2022-23. He scored the second-highest knock ever hit in the tournament.
KL Rahul is expected to be dropped in the final two Test matches against Australia. India leads the series 2-0 after two games. IND vs AUS 3rd Test is set to start on March 1.
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