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Vishal Mehra ∙ Feb 7 2023, 10:45 AM

Shubman Gill should open if India want to win series: Harbhajan Singh


image-ldu2f73kShubman Gill scored his maiden Test ton on Bangladesh tour

Team India faces a selection dilemma ahead of the first Test against Australia on Thursday. As many as two options are available for India — KL Rahul and Shubman Gill — to open the batting with skipper Rohit Sharma at Nagpur.

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has backed Gill to open the batting with Rohit. According to Singh, Gill's promotion to the top order is important if India wants to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. 

On his YouTube channel, the former CSK player urged Rahul Dravid and team management to make good use of Gill's form and play him ahead of KL, who had a lackluster 2022. 

"If Team India wants to win this Test series, then Shubman Gill should open with Rohit Sharma. After scoring so many runs, I think he deserves to be in the playing XI not for just one game. 

Think India should stick with Gill throughout the series. If he plays in the form and confidence that he is in, Gill will score plenty of runs for India. So I hope he gets to play."

The 23-year-old has been in rich form recently, notching up his maiden Test, ODI, and T20I hundreds over the last three months. 


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