Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has backed Shubman Gill to open the batting against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final in Southampton.
Even as India has their middle and lower-middle order settled, three batsmen are in contention for the role of the second opener and that might give a good headache to the Indian management.
In Vadodara, both Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya have come forward and donated oxygen concentrators to the medical centres dealing with Covid-19 crisis.
The Kolkata opener has scored 80 runs in five games, not helping in his team’s cause which is placed at the bottom of the points table.
The six cricketers awarded for their stellar performance in the Gabba Test include Shardul Thakur, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, and T Natarajan.
The five-time champions Mumbai will look to bounce back after losing to RCB in their opening game, while KKR would like to maintain their winning streak.
The last two Test series win for India has been powered by youngsters, first against Australia and then England.
Team India will undergo at least one change in their playing XI, with Jasprit Bumrah out of the fourth Test due to personal reasons.
Team India’s win in Brisbane was not about the settled stars, but about young guns making a name for themselves in the face of adversity.