Former Indian opener-turned commentator, Aakash Chopra, has said that he would like to see opener Shubman Gill and fast bowler Mohammed Shami play the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand ahead of Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj respectively.
India’s playing XI ahead of the WTC final against the Kiwis is more or less fixed and the only two talking points in the lead up to the marquee clash are that 1) who should open alongside Rohit Sharma? and 2) who should partner Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma in the pace-bowling department?
Shubman Gill made a brilliant start to his Test career as he smashed three 50s including a match-winning 91 at the Gabba against Australia.
However, the young opener had a forgettable outing against England on home soil which was followed by an equally poor IPL campaign for KKR.
However, Aakash Chopra believes that India should stick with Shubman Goll as, according to him, they will never be able to develop a Test opener if they keep chopping and changing continuously.
“Between Gill and Mayank, you will have to go towards Gill and you should go as well because Shubman Gill played in your last Test series. He may not have scored the runs but it is better not to compromise the continuity for everyone, even for the player,” said Aakash Chopra.
“If you keep on changing again and again, you will neither be able to make a team or a player. So, I will go with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma as my two openers,” added Chopra.
As far as the third seamer is concerned, Mohammed Shami’s place has come in jeopardy following brilliant performances from Mohammed Siraj in his absence.
However, Chopra reckoned that he would pick Shami ahead of Siraj as the former’s wrist-position could prove to be lethal in English con
”I will go with Mohammed Shami. It is because Shami is pedigree. If you see the English conditions, Shami’s wrist position is the best in the world, no one releases the ball better from the hand than him,” said Chopra.