Discarded India opener, Gautam Gambhir went in favour of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul to open the innings for India in the first Test against England on August 1.
Meanwhile, India are facing a selection dilemma with the opening slot. Shikhar Dhawan is coming from the back of Test hundred against Afghanistan. On the other hand, Vijay and Rahul have done well in the warm-up game.
Calling it a tricky question, Gambhir admitted to Cricbuzz that he will still root for Vijay and Rahul. Furthermore, Gautam Gambhir also wanted to see Cheteshwar Pujara bat at one drop.
“That’s a tricky question because Shikhar Dhawan got a hundred in the last Test match, but to maintain continuity I would definitely go with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay and play Chesteshwar Pujara at three,” Gambhir said.
Shikhar Dhawan departed for a golden duck in the practise game against Essex at Chelmsford. Moreover, he has struggled throughout the limited-overs series. On the other hand, Rahul and Vijay scored useful half-centuries in the warm-up game.
Gautam Gambhir also pinned his hopes on Pujara, India’s Test specialist.
However, Pujara has not been in the best of form with the bat recently. In the county season with Yorkshire, he had scored just 172 runs at a dismal average of 14.33.
“Pujara is going to be a very important member in the batting line-up of the five-match Test series and they might look to Rahul to play at three and open with Shikhar and Murali. Two batters who I have lots of faith on is Murali and Pujara,” Gambhir concluded.
Virat Kohli & Co will be the fourth side from India to win a Test series in England if they manage to do so.