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India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test: Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari to be Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane replacements | Cricket News

Rohit Sharma’s first test as commander-in-chief will also launch a new era for the Indian middle class with Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari all set to become long-term replacements of veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. It is clear now that Rahane and Pujara will not be called up for the Three Tests this season (two to Sri Lanka and one game away from England) where Vihari and Gill, with Shreyas Iyer as backup, will be options.

There are two empty spaces from India’s last Test in Cape Town and as Virat Kohli made his 100th Test at Mohali, the three youngsters will be preparing for a ride in places where the two veterans have been released after they have made their own. for ten years. But the big question is who will be the one to leave if all three agree to go into the first Test which starts on March 4?

As long as Gill is careful to leave, head coach Rahul Dravid would like to use it as an intermediate batter, who can also be deployed if the situation demands it. The specific probability that Gill could be used is number three after Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal.

“I believe Shubman is India’s best bet at number three. Yes, it is open but the Mayank is there next to Rohit and Shubman in a game to bathe in that number, ”former nationalist and opening examiner Devang Gandhi told the PTI news agency.

Gandhi, who is a national candidate until January 2021, also said that Gill was preparing in advance for the midfield role before making his first Test as an opener in Australia. “Why do I think the team management might be eager to try it at No.3 because when it was quickly tracked into the India A program, it doubled in midfield to the West Indies A in the West Indies.

“Also already open in Tests, as No.3 you can also make a new ball well and start moving the game with the correction of attacks. You do not want to record and with Gill, you can start pushing the envelope, “Gandhi explained.

While Rahane is the first number five batter, it is likely that Dravid and Rohit may be eager to use Vihari at No.6 and send the dangerous Rishabh Pant at No.5 for a split. “If you see our top order, Mayank, Rohit, Shubman and Virat are right-handed. Ideally if No.5 we have the left to get the left-right combination followed by Vihari at No.6 and Ravindra Jadeja, again left-handed at No.7. It may be the way forward, ”Gandhi feels.

But what could be the reason for using a player like Vihari at No.6 and not at No.3 as his technique is so close that Pujara used to throw the new ball? “Initially, Vihari did only one test at home and, more than anyone else, should be performing regularly. Secondly, if seen for India and India A, it is batted at No.5 wall but in India, it may be at No.6 when spinners will be in operation and the ‘SG test’ ball becomes relatively old.

“Vihari has a fantastic record against the undefeated in the Ranji Trophy and that is something the team management can exploit,” he thought.

So where did you go from Iyer, who won a hundred in the beginning. Maybe he’ll need to wait.

He was not the first choice of Rohit and Dravid as both Gill and Vihari played Test Cricket before him and he is currently ahead in the pecking order. But if someone reports a deficiency, he or she will probably be next in line.

Group Summary: Rohit Sharma (leader), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin (fitness) / Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.

(with PTI inputs)

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