Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels opener Mayank Agarwal will have to wait for his turn in the upcoming Test series against England. Gambhir said Shubman Gill is expected to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma after an impressive show during the Australia tour. Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Joe Root Reacts England's 10-Wicket Loss in Pink-Ball Test, Says Week Like This Doesn’t Define us as Team
In home conditions, Mayank has been one of the consistent run-scorers for India in Test cricket. The opening batsman was the highest run-getter for India in 2019 with 754 runs in 8 Tests. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Advising Virat Kohli How to Play Jack Leach is The Best Moment at Motera From IND-ENG 3rd Test | WATCH VIDEO
The Karnataka batsman impressed everyone during the last home season with his two double centuries and a ton in five Tests. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli Slams Quality of Batting From India And England in Pink-Ball Test
“This is what sport is and this is what life is. If you don’t start well and give an opportunity to someone else and that person performs so well, then you will have to wait for your turn. No doubt, Mayank made tons and tons of runs when he got a chance to play international cricket and did well in India also,’ said Gambhir on Star Sports’ show ‘Game Plan’
Gambhir feels Mayank’s poor show during the Australia tour is going to cost his place in the England series.
“But when he went to Australia, he did not start well. Shubman Gill played with him and he did well. So, now you will have to wait for your turn. And I am sure the team management will not overlook him that quickly. They will keep him with the squad,” he added.
Mayank played three Tests against Australia in which he managed to score just 78 runs at an average of 13. He struggled miserably against the pacers and his weaknesses were exploited by Pat Cummins.
While Shubman had an outstanding time with bat Down Under as he scored 259 runs in 3 Tests at an average of 51.80. The 21-year-old impressed everyone with his technique and laid the foundation of India’s historic win in Brisbane with a 91-run knock in the second innings.
Gambhir further picked his playing XI of India for the opening Test and chose Axar Patel over Washington Sundar.
“Five bowlers, hundred percent. I have always been a firm believer that India has to go in with five bowlers in any condition. So, probably Axar bats at No.7, it is a direct swap between Jadeja and Axar, Ashwin at No.8. Ashwin will be really confident after what he did at the SCG, Axar can contribute with the bat. So, India needs about 350-odd runs and they have got the bowling attack to get England out,” said Gautam Gambhir.
“Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj,” chose Gambhir.
The first Test match of the four-match series is scheduled to start on February 6 in Chennai.