IND vs ENG: Virender Sehwag Blames BCCI Selectors For India Not Having Backup Opener For Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill

Virender Sehwag

Former India explosive opener Virender Sehwag has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors did a mistake by not including a backup opener for Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in India’s squad for rescheduled Test against England.

Originally, India had three openers in the squad for the one-off Test against England including, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill. Rahul suffered a groin injury and got ruled out of the Test match but India didn’t include any extra opener in the team.

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Shubman Gill And Rohit Sharma
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Later, Rohit Sharma was tested positive for Covid-19 and he is doubtful for the rescheduled Test against England. The news of Rohit getting tested positive for Covid-19 came after the third day’s play of the warm-up match between India and Leicestershire.

Meanwhile, former India opener Sehwag said that the selectors did a mistake by not taking Covid-19 into consideration.

“I think there is a mistake on the part of selectors that we didn’t take an extra opener as back-up. Because everyone thought Rohit is fit, Shubman Gill is fit. No one anticipated this Covid factor. One or two extra players always go and in days of Covid, you have 20-22 extra players. If you have a 22-man squad and you don’t have an extra opener, it’s a big mistake on your part,” he told Sony’s pre-match show for India vs Ireland ‘Extra Innings.’

If you do make someone a makeshift opener, you have to give him confidence – Virender Sehwag

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma
. (Photo: Twitter)

Sehwag further mentioned that with Rohit being doubtful for the Test match, India would ask Cheteshwar Pujara or Srikar Bharat to open the innings with Shubman Gill. He also said that India will have to give confidence to the “makeshift opener”.

“Someone will be asked to open. Maybe Pujara, maybe KS Bharat. Now if Bharat opens and he fails, will he get another chance? Pujara had made an excellent comeback, if he doesn’t score, will he play again?” he said.

“If you do make someone a makeshift opener, you have to give him confidence. ‘that okay, you put yourself above the team, we will back you in the future’.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 5th and last Test match of the series between India and England, which was cancelled last year, will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

Rohit Sharma

Ahead of the IND vs ENG rescheduled Test match, the Indian team has faced a big blow as skipper Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19. Sharma was part of the ongoing warm-up match and also batted in one inning. However, after testing positive for COVID, the Indian skipper has been isolated at the team hotel.

Rohit Sharma is going to open the innings for the team in the IND vs ENG Test match. If he fails to recover in time he might not be able to be part of the match. As a result, India will need a new batsman to replace Sharma. Here we talk about 3 Indian players who can replace Rohit Shamra in India playing XI vs England for the rescheduled Test match.

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IND vs ENG: 3 Indian Players Who Can Replace Rohit Sharma In India Playing XI vs England For The Rescheduled Test

3. Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

Shreyas Iyer is the first player on this list. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, India can rearrange their batting order to get a new opener with Shubman Gill. However, the team will need an additional batsman in the middle order to fill the vacant spot.

Hence, Shreyas Iyer can be picked in the playing XI. Iyer is a regular member of the team in the ODIs and T20I but he is a newcomer in Tests. The right-handed batsman has been in spectacular form recently and he might replace Sharma in the playing XI if the latter is not available for the IND vs ENG Test.

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ENG vs IND: Aakash Chopra Shares His Views On Shubman Gill Opening The Innings With Rohit Sharma In One-off Test vs England

Aakash Chopra, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill

The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has shared his views on young batter Shubman Gill opening the innings with Rohit Sharma in the one-off Test match against the England National Cricket Team.

The 5th and last Test match of the series between India and England, which was cancelled last year, will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.

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Shubhman Gill
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Star opener KL Rahul had suffered a groin injury ahead of the five-match T20I series against South Africa and was ruled out of the entire series. Also, the opening batsman is set to miss the rescheduled Test against England and young opener Gill will most likely open the innings with the Indian captain.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra talked about Gill opening the innings in the Test match against England and said that he is “not necessarily happy about it”. He also said that there will be added pressure on Gill as he will be judged by his performance in a single Test match. He elaborated:

“India do not have many options and will have to go with Shubman Gill. But I am not necessarily happy about it. This is because Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did a fine job at the top last year in England. They gave good starts and the team did well because of that. Starting well is important in England, as if you lose two early wickets, it becomes difficult to get back on track.”

He has all the ingredients, from height to wrist position and swing – Aakash Chopra on Prasidh Krishna

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former India opening batsman Chopra, speaking in the same video, said that the right-arm pacer Prasidh Krishna has all the ingredients to become a successful red-ball bowler for India. He stated:

“He has all the ingredients, from height to wrist position and swing. I feel that he is going to be handed big roles very soon. We are fortunate that India have good fast bowling reserves in both Tests as well as white-ball cricket. Looking at Prasidh’s bowling and the way he gets batters out, it comes across that he’s more suited to the longer format.”

Meanwhile, both India and England will have new captains in the rescheduled Test match as Virat Kohli and Joe Root have been replaced by Rohit Sharma and Ben Stokes. Also, India have a 2-1 lead in the Test series.

Prasidh Krishna
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