India will take on Australia in a four-match Test series after the recently-concluded series against the Kiwis. Gill is a part of the Test squad but former India player Irfan Pathan feels he has no chance to play as KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have done well in the past.
Shubman Gill is expected to be replaced by KL Rahul, the Indian team’s scheduled opener in the longest format, despite being in the best shape of his life. On Thursday, the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 will pit India against Australia.
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Gill, who struck a record-breaking double-century during the ODI series against New Zealand, continued the trend on Wednesday by scoring his first 100 in a T20I.
The vice-captain, who is also the Indian team’s scheduled opener in the longest format, is expected to replace Gill despite being in the best shape of his life. While Shreyas Iyer is probably out of the series opener against Australia in Nagpur, Gill has a remote possibility of playing for India in the middle of the order to replace Iyer.
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“You cannot expect KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to move aside“: Irfan Pathan
Gill might perhaps open India’s innings in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but Irfan Pathan is adamant that the seasoned opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Rahul should get things going for the home team against Australia.
“Not in all three formats, but in two. When it comes to Test matches, India has two openers who have scored runs in difficult conditions, scored runs in England, and won matches there,” Irfan Pathan said.
“You cannot expect KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to move aside and let Shubman Gill play because he has scored runs in the T20 format. “You need steadiness,” Irfan Pathan explained to Star Sports.
Shubman Gill has been named to the team for the first two Tests against Australia.
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