Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra picks Team India’s openers for the upcoming Test series against England. After the loss against New Zealand, the Indian team management might make a few changes in the squad. Aakash Chopra backed the current opening pair of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma to deliver the goods for the Indian cricket team against England. There is no doubt that senior batsmen Rohit Sharma will be India’s first-choice. However, there are chances there will be a concern for the management to choose between Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill for the second spot.
Shubman Gill will have to work out on his technique: Aakash Chopra
Shubman Gill was preferred ahead of Mayank Agarwal in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. However, the batsman could not grab his opportunity despite getting off to a good start in the first innings. Gill managed to score 28 runs. Furthermore, Shubman Gill could only score 119 runs in the four-match home Test series against Joe Root-led England.
The youngster will definitely have to prove his worth if he is picked in the Test series against England. He will have to work out on his technique, and it is going not be easy for him to play against Stuart Broad and James Anderson with the new Duke's ball. Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra feels it was the right decision from the team management to support Shubman Gill in the WTC final. He had scored 85 runs in the intra-squad match. Chopra believes KL Rahul will be the third-choice opening batsman as Mayank Agarwal is also included in the team.
Team India will play two intra-squad matches at the Riverside ground in Durham before the five-match Test series against England. Virat Kohli’s men are not likely to get any warm-up first-class games against county sides. India skipper Virat Kohli had expressed his disappointment at not being given any first-class matches before the England series. After India’s defeat against New Zealand, the Indian team has been given a three-week break before they regroup ahead of the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. All the players have been granted permission of travelling but will be required to report back immediately when called upon.