Despite his excellent form recently, Shubman Gill was unable to break into the starting XI against Australia in the first Test.
With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy got started at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium, the Indian team management took the painful choice to bench Shubman Gill for the first Test. Given his recent form, several older players backed Gill to open the batting alongside skipper Rohit Sharma.
Gill was a member of Team India’s previous Test squad when they faced Bangladesh, and the 23-year-old even achieved his maiden Test tonne; nevertheless, despite his outstanding form, Team India has opted to go with KL Rahul as their opener with Rohit Sharma.
Gill is still aiming to break into the Test team, having played 13 matches and scoring 736 runs with one century and four fifties. The Fazilka-born player’s recent form was one of the main reasons he was anticipated to start the first Test.
Gill has lately impressed with his success in white-ball forms, making a century in T20I cricket when India faced New Zealand in the third game of a three-match series. Against the Black Caps, Gill hit a brilliant 126* off 63 balls as India easily won the game.
Aside from KL Rahul’s comeback, Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat have also been given Test debuts. Suryakumar has been added to the roster since team India is without the services of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant owing to injury. Todd Murphy, a 22-year-old off break bowler, also made his Test debut for Australia.
Fans flocked to Twitter to voice their disappointment after Gill was left out of the starting XI. Due to his dismal form, many argued against include Vice-Captain KL Rahul in the team. Rahul last appeared in a Test series against Bangladesh, when he had the top score of 23 in four innings.
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