Cricket news Live updates: Former Selector Says Shubman Gill Must Open In Border Gavaskar Trophy

Shubman has already played 13 Tests for India but he is yet to bat in the middle order. He has played some important innings for the team including a century. While Suryakumar has not made his Test debut despite playing 79 first-class matches.

However, Prasad suggested that Shubman should open the innings for India while India should use vice-captain KL Rahul at No.5 as he has already done well in ODIs at that position.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing KL Rahul at No.5 in Tests. I don’t think Gill should be asked to come down the order. Rahul has played well in 50-over cricket and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t come down the order.

Shubman has been in incredible form in white-ball cricket recently as he scored a double century against New Zealand in ODIs and followed it up with his maiden T20 century in T20Is. While Rahul missed the New Zealand series due to family commitments as he got married during that time.

While the former India selector further said that India should pick KS Bharath over Ishan Kishan in the XI as he has been traveling with the team for the last one year as a back-up to Rishabh Pant who will not play in the series.

He said, ‘He (Bharat) has been groomed for this role for the last two years even in the presence of Rishabh Pant. So, it is only fitting that Bharat is given the first chance to don the big gloves. He is ready,” said Prasad.

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