Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes Team India have found the ideal opening combination in both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The duo looked comfortable with each other in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground and we’re unfazed by the Aussie pace attack.
Both played with freedom and added 70 and 71 in both of Team India’s innings respectively. Sunil Gavaskar was impressed by the flair of Shubman Gill and admired the different shots he had in his book.
The 71 year old was also impressed with the defence game of Rohit Sharma and believe he has proven that he can open in overseas conditions. He praised the Indian openers for seeing off Nathan Lyon on a turning SCG track.
“What is important in an opening partnership is the partners should be made for each other. Sometimes you have one who is a very attacking player and one is solid. But here both have a very good defence, they both have fabulous shots. Shubman Gill has been impressive,” Gavaskar told Sony Six on Sunday
“We all know how good a player Rohit Sharma is. He was also getting behind the line and played the ball very late, that was very, very impressive. On a fourth day pitch when the ball was turning just that little bit, the way they negotiated Nathan Lyon was also impressive.
“Yes, on the back of what we have seen, these two could be the opener pair to stick with.”
Although Gavaskar believed Rohit and Gill are the way to go ahead for Team India, he reckons it will be harsh on Mayank Agarwal who has been India’s regular opener for the past two years. Poor form has seen both Mayank and Prithvi Shaw out of India’s playing XI. But Gavaskar believes Shaw can make a strong comeback if he goes back to domestic cricket and corrects his technique.
“But that will be a little bit hard on Mayank Agarwal, who has had an outstanding career. As well as young Prithvi Shaw, once he returns to Mumbai and works on his bat lift and technique, can still be a big asset for the Indian team,” Gavaskar said.