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IND vs AUS 2020: Team India should go with more bowlers, says Gautam Gambhir

By Bet Barter

December 23, 2020

Gautam Gambhir believes that the Indian cricket team should include Jadeja in their playing XI. He believes that the visitors should go in with five bowlers.

Gautam Gambhir desired that Shaw should open the batting at the start of the series. The 39-year-old mentioned that he wanted Shaw to open in the Adelaide Test because the Mumbaikar had done well in the few matches he had played for India. Shaw has hit a half-century in testing conditions in New Zealand earlier this year.

The southpaw also observed that the youngster's confidence seems to have taken a beating. He wants Gill to be Agarwal's opening partner for the next series in Melbourne. Cheteshwar Pujara will bat at his usual Number 3 spot. Gambhir feels Gill is currently a better option as he has scored impressive runs in the two practice games.

Gambhir feels Rahane should move up to No. 4 in the batting order

The former Indian opener hopes Rahane takes the additional responsibility of batting at the No. 4 positions and replace Kohli. He also wants Rahul to take Kohli's place in the playing XI. On the other hand, Pant will be replacing Saha as the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Gambhir concluded by stating that Team India should go with five bowlers in the Melbourne Test. The side should include Ravindra Jadeja as an all-rounder at the expense of Hanuma Vihari.

There have been many suggestions from multiple sources that Jadeja is likely to replace Vihari in the Boxing Day Test. If Jadeja has recovered fully from his hamstring injury then most probably he will be playing the next match.

It is going to be a tough call from the visitors if they take that route, especially after the embarrassing collapse in the Adelaide Test. India will be looking forward to picking up after a humiliating 8-wicket defeat in the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide Oval.

The tourists are to be expected to ring in a lot of changes in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The side will be without the services of skipper Virat Kohli and senior pacer Mohammed Shami

Kohli will be heading home on paternity leave whereas Shami is set to sit out after fracturing his arm during the Adelaide Test. The second India vs Australia Test encounter begins on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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