New Delhi: Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg reckons that India top-order batsman Prithvi Shaw is ideally suited for the No.3 slot rather than opening the batting and should be replacing Chesteshwar Pujara in that spot who has not been in the best possible nick off late.Also Read - BCCI-PCB Discussion on Sidelines of ACC Executive Board Meeting: 10 Talking Points
Asked by a fan if wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul should come in for Pujara in the five-Test series against England, the 50-year-old left-arm spinner said Shaw, who opens the innings, would be a better pick. Also Read - Fielding Coach R Sridhar Thanks BCCI, Players Before Last Assignment With Team India
“If anyone was going to replace Pujara it would be Prithvi Shaw. Feel he is more suited there than opening. Has a lot of talent and long future. He is not in the tour group but a wild card choice. #EngvIND,” Hogg tweeted. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Not Just Virat Kohli Captaining For Last Time, Also About Winning the Tournament, Says Gautam Gambhir
Shaw, who has represented India in five Tests and three ODIs, is part of the national squad in Colombo selected for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, starting July 13.
After the eight-wicket loss to New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final last month, India skipper Virat Kohli had hinted at an overhaul in the Test team.
Without taking any names Kohli had expressed his displeasure at some players for not showing enough “intent” to score runs.
Notably, Pujara, who played crucial knocks in the Australia tour and scored a fifty in the first Test against England in Chennai, has looked off-colour in last four Tests.
The 33-year-old, who last scored a hundred in January 2019, managed 8 off 54 balls and 15 runs off 80 balls in the WTC final.
India take on England in a five-match Test series, starting August 4.
(With PTI Inputs)