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Potential Indian opening combinations throughout the Australia Test series

Shubman Gill test debut
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It’s summer in Australia ironically we are feeling the heat here as we all know that the down under series between India and Australia is just few more sleeps away. The test leg will be embarked on 17th of December and will go till 19th of January, 2021. Everyone are aware of the bombshell that Virat Kohli has just dropped on his unavailability from the Boxing day test which will happen in one of the most celebrated cricketing venues, MCG. The skipper’s absenteeism has led to a paradigm shift in terms of team selection. Without hesitation someone who closely follows India in test format can effortlessly lament on Indian opening being fruitless and fragile away from home.

KL-Vijay, Shikhar-Dhawan would be the first few names of many in terms of failure on the grounds of not stitching a descent partnership or playing out the new ball when you have James and Broad working on wonders with the swing (in context with India’s Tour of England in 2014 and 2018).

Here are the few possible combinations to fill the opening slot while India plays Australia in the forthcoming and in the much awaited Vodafone Test series.

  • KL-Mayank: The Karnataka Origin proficient pair can march onto the middle to open the innings for India in Australia. Mayank has abundant experience in opening the innings in Australia as he has produced some gold class display of his cricketing skills when India toured Australia in 2018.KL will undoubtedly ensure his name in the playing11 but the question lies if he will be the man who can answer the opening woes in one of the most intimidating venues.

 

  • Prithvi Shaw- Mayank: Despite all trolls and banters on Prithvi it’s important to know the record Prithvi holds as he is the youngest Indian to score a century on Test Debut. Prithvi-Mayank combination reminds us of the Viru-Wasim Jaffar combo as one tries slogging the ball away to the ropes while the other plays out and makes an effort to stay in the crease for a longer period, Considering the form Prithvi Shaw carried throughout IPL it is highly unlikely that selectors would risk in handing the opening batsmen slot to this southpaw.

 

  • Shubhman Gill-Rohit: BCCI had made it clear that Rohit will miss the first two tests owing to the hamstring injury during the course of IPL. Shubhman Gill is quite a common name on every lip this IPL and he also secured his maiden Test Call up for the nation. Gill might have the best opportunity if given to prove his hype and it is also a combination to look for in the upcoming test series. Things won’t be quite easy to prove in that hostile environment with rants and sledging being a very common affair whenever India face the mighty aussies. Gill will also have to answer from the veterans including Starc, Pat Cummins and Pattinson.

 

  • Vihari-Mayank: This pair was experimented in the 3rd Test in MCG during the 2018 tour when the selection committee wasn’t satisfied enough with the services by Kl Rahul as an opener. Hanuma vihari being an all-rounder has dared to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal has managed to score only 21 runs in two innings combined in that 3rd test.

 

The selectors will have an uphill task in solving the jigsaw puzzle to decide on which pair will get India off the mark in the test format with six available options that can open for India. Kl Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubhman Gill, Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma (for the last two test matches) are the available options and the think tank will work on and hopefully, they give us the last laugh by taking factors such as Pitch Condition’s, Venue, opposition playing11 etc. into consideration.

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