Former India opener Aakash Chopra has said that sword will be hanging over the heads of India openers (Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill or KL Rahul) as Rohit Sharma will be available for the third Test after the completion of his quarantine period.
India batsman KL Rahul (top-right), Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma (R) (Twitter Image)
- Aakash Chopra said that KL Rahul and Shubman Gill will definitely play in Boxing Day Test
- Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, whoever fails at MCG, will be dropped fro 3rd Test: Chopra
- Rohit Sharma is set to feature in the third Test after the completion of his quarantine period
Cricketer-turned-commenator Aakash Chopra has predicted the inclusion of both KL Rahul and Shubman Gill in the iconic Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Saturday. Further, the former opener has selected KL Rahul as his choice of opening partner for Mayank Agarwal.
Aakash Chopra has in fact also predicted the exclusion of one between Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and KL Rahul from the third Test. Notably, experienced opener Rohit Sharma is set to return in the playing XI after completing his 14-mandatory quarantine period in the Kangaroo nation. This makes Chopra believe that one who fails between Agarwal, Rahul and GIll, will make way for the start star batsman.
“It looks like Prithvi Shaw is not going to get a chance in the second match. And I can totally understand because he has not scored the runs and his confidence is down. If the team says it is short-term and it doesn’t mean he will not be considered in the future, they can definitely do that. They should play someone who is in the right mental space and who they feel can provide a good start,” said Chopra in his latest video.
“My vote is with KL Rahul but they are likely to go with Shubman Gill. But whether you open with KL Rahul or Shubman Gill, the sword will be hanging over their head as Rohit Sharma will be back for the next Test,” he added.
“So Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, whoever fails here, is going to be dropped for the third Test. I feel Ajinkya Rahane should come to bat at No.4. At No.5, you can play KL Rahul or Shubman Gill. Rahul and Shubman Gill will definitely be playing the Melbourne Test,” said Chopra.