IND vs WI / Big change will be seen in Team India – Gill may have to leave his place?

Zoom News : Jun 30, 2023, 07:19 AM
IND vs WI: The Indian cricket team lost the final of the World Test Championship about three weeks back. Now in the next two weeks, his campaign will start in the new Test Championship. This new championship cycle will bring a phase of change in Team India. The Test series on the West Indies tour marks the beginning of change and this could have an impact on the player who is being touted as India's future - Shubman Gill.

Team India will play a two-match Test series against the West Indies from July 12. The team has been selected for this tour and veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been dropped. In his place, 21-year-old young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal has got a chance. Only this Yashasvi Jaiswal can affect Shubman Gill's place in Team India.

Gill's place will be snatched in West Indies

Ever since Shubman Gill has come to Team India, he is opening for the team in every format. His performance in ODIs and T20s has been strong but he has not been able to impress much in Tests. Especially on foreign soil, he has not fully lived up to the expectations. Gill has played 16 Tests so far, in which he has scored 921 runs at an average of just 32. Except for one innings (47 runs at number three), all the innings have been in the opening.

Jaiswal can get opening position

Despite this, trust is being expressed in him. This situation can change in the West Indies series and Jaiswal can get this responsibility. Jaiswal's bat, the young left-handed batsman who made a place in Team India for the first time, has spoken fiercely in every format of domestic cricket for the last one year. Apart from T20 and ODI formats, Jaiswal has also scored runs in first class tournaments like Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy, and Ranji Trophy.

Jaiswal, who has so far scored 1845 runs at an average of 80 in his first-class career, has come with most of these runs opening, which makes it clear that he is a natural choice and contender for this position. In such a situation, it would not be surprising if Jaiswal not only gets a Test debut on the West Indies tour but also gets a chance to open with captain Rohit Sharma.

Will Gill make number three his own?

Obviously the question will arise in the mind – will the gill leaf be cut? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, that means they can be discharged from the opening. No, that means will not be out of playing XI. Actually, after the drop of Cheteshwar Pujara, the number three spot is vacant and Gill can get a chance at this position.

Gill's game is also a big reason for this. This young right-handed batsman had done most of the batting in the middle order on domestic first-class cricket or 'India A Team' tours before his Test debut and scored runs there. In such a situation, there will be an attempt to set him in the middle order in future and the West Indies tour can prove to be the beginning.