Cricket

India vs Australia: Gautam Gambhir says visitors need to play five bowlers, Ajinkya Rahane should bat at No 4

  • Press Trust of India
  • December 22nd, 2020
  • 21:48:52 IST

New Delhi: Former opener Gautam Gambhir feels India would do well to enter the upcoming second Test against Australia with five bowlers and make stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane bat at the No 4 position.

India lost the series-opening Day/Night Test by eight wickets after collapsing to their lowest Test total of 36 in their second innings at the Adelaide Oval.

Rahane took charge after regular captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday left for India for the birth of his first child.

File image of Gautam Gambhir. AFP

File image of Gautam Gambhir. AFP

"I will want to see Rahane at number four. I will not want to him stay at number five because if he is the captain now, he has to lead from the front. So, Rahane should play at number four in place of Virat Kohli," Gambhir said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.

The two-time World Cup winning player also batted for KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill's inclusion in the playing XI for the Boxing Day Test, scheduled to be played in Melbourne from 26-30 December.

"KL Rahul should play at number five and Rishabh Pant should play at number six. Jadeja and Ashwin should play at number seven and eight and then three seamers. I will want to go in with five bowlers," said Gambhir.

"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 number three."

Updated Date: December 22, 2020 21:48:52 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

India vs Australia: KL Rahul ruled out of Test series with sprained left wrist during training
First Cricket News

India vs Australia: KL Rahul ruled out of Test series with sprained left wrist during training

KL Rahul has returned to India and will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation.

India vs Australia: Plan was to fight till the end without thinking about result, says Ajinkya Rahane
First Cricket News

India vs Australia: Plan was to fight till the end without thinking about result, says Ajinkya Rahane

Australia skipper Tim Paine rued the dropped chances for which he had only himself to blame. He dropped Pant twice and Vihari once.

India vs Australia: 'This is my best fielding effort' – Ravindra Jadeja on Steve Smith's run out
First Cricket News

India vs Australia: 'This is my best fielding effort' – Ravindra Jadeja on Steve Smith's run out

He also said that the plan was to vary pace of his deliveries and create angles since there was not much turn on offer.