IND vs AUS Boxing Day Test: India's embarrassing loss to Australia in the first Test of the four-match series at Adelaide has left many riddling questions behind it. Leaving past the nightmarish defeat in the opening Test, the Indian cricket Team under Ajinkya Rahane's captaincy is expected to play with the fullest preparedness in the second Test at MCG to commence on the 'Boxing Day'. Former Indian southpaw, Gautam Gambhir emphasizes on few changes in India's team lineup for the Melbourne Test.
Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, and Mayank Agarwal all just appeared humdrum as they failed to deliver in the famous pink-ball Test played in Adelaide. Shaw has drawn massive criticism from cricket greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Adam Gilchrist, and also Ex-Opener Gautam Gambhir among others. Meanwhile, Team India will be without talisman skipper Virat Kohli for the remaining three Tests as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI.
Gambhir wants Prithvi Shaw to be replaced by Shubman Gill in the top-order along with Mayank Agarwal. KL Rahul coming in at Number 5 and Rishabh Pant replacing Saha behind the stumps and at Number 6 position up for grab. He also wants the flamboyant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to be brought back in place of inexperienced Hanuma Vihari.
Gambhir said on the Star Sports Cricket Show “I wanted Prithvi Shaw to start the series because if a player has scored a hundred and two fifties in four Test matches and hit a fifty in the last tough tour to New Zealand, then you start with him, no doubt the form was not good.”
“But now in the type of form he is in, more than the form his confidence is very low, so I will want to see Shubman Gill at the top along with Mayank Agarwal and Pujara at No.3.”
“I will want to see Rahane at No.4. I will not want to see Rahane stay at No.5 because if he is the captain now, he has to lead from the front. So, Rahane should play at No.4 in the place of Virat Kohli,” Gambhir added.
“KL Rahul should play at No.5 and Rishabh Pant should play at No.6. Jadeja and Ashwin should play at No.7 and No.8 and then three seamers. I will want to go in with five bowlers.”
India currently trails by 1-0 in the series as it lost at the hands of the Aussies' by 8 wickets in the opening Test of the four-Test match series inside two and half-day at Adelaide. A loss from here on would put a massive dent in their hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy they won in 2018 by 2-1.