KL Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw in playing XI: Sunil Gavaskar

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By: PTI | New Delhi |

Updated: December 21, 2020 6:50:20 pm





KL Rahul didn’t play the primary Test (Express Archive)

Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar desires KL Rahul to open in place of an out-of-form Prithvi Shaw in the second Test towards Australia on the MCG from December 26.

The former India captain desires Shubman Gill to play in the middle-order.

“India will look at making 2 changes. Firstly, maybe KL Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw as an opener. At No. 5 or No. 6, Shubman Gill should come in. His form has been good. Things can change if we start well,” Gavaskar advised YouTube channel ‘Sports Tak’ on attainable adjustments in the line-up.

He did warning that if India can’t keep optimistic, a 0-Four drubbing may simply be on playing cards.

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“India have to believe that they can come back in the remainder of the Test series. If India don’t find the positivity, then 4-0 series loss can happen. But if they have positivity, why not? It can happen (comeback),” Gavaskar stated, sounding hopeful.

“India should start the Melbourne Test well, it’s necessary for them to step onto the ground with a lot of positivity. Australia’s weak point is their batting,” he stated.

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Gavaskar feels that the anger amongst followers after the 36 all out in the primary Test is pure.

“It’s natural that there is anger after such a performance. But in cricket, anything can happen. Look at how the scene was yesterday, and what has happened today.”

Gavaskar additionally rued the missed catches which additionally lowered the result in a mere 53.

“Had we held on to our catches effectively and had good discipline placements, there may not have been any downside, Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne would have gotten out early.

“We could have got a lead of 120 runs. Australia got ahead in the Tests because of those dropped catches, they got the lead down to 50 runs,” Gavaskar added.

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