Jagran News Network, Kanpur. Rahul Dravid as the head coach of Team India made a stellar debut in the home T20 series against New Zealand and led by new captain Rohit Sharma, India took the series 3-0. The real challenge before Dravid will now be the two-match Test series against New Zealand. In such a situation, it has to be seen how effective Dravid’s strategy, considered to be a reliable wall of Test cricket in his era, proves to be effective in the biggest format of cricket.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team won the World Test Championship title by defeating India in the final in June this year and now the same Kiwi team has once again reached to challenge Team India at their home. However, some things have changed since then. Now Dravid has replaced Ravi Shastri as the coach of Team India and Ajinkya Rahane will captain the Kanpur Test in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.
It is believed that the success of the Indian team will largely depend on Dravid’s strategies and in such a situation, in the first Test against New Zealand starting on November 25, there is a lot of possibility that the Indian team management will be replaced by the talented Shubman Gill in the middle order. Get batting. The team management wants to test Gill’s attacking style in the absence of the big players.
Shubman Gill will take over the middle order
It is learned that Shubman has been told that he will bat in the middle order in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur. With Rohit Sharma missing for this two-Test series, it is a great opportunity for the team management to test Gill’s skills as a middle-order batsman. Kohli will return to the team for the Mumbai Test, while Rohit will tour South Africa. Lokesh Rahul, who is running in great rhythm, will open the innings, where Mayank Agarwal can play the role of his partner.
It is understood that the new selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma and the current team management feel that they need at least one player in the middle order, apart from Kohli, who can trouble the opposition camp with his attack. He believes that Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari have almost the same style of batting. Wriddhiman Saha is the main wicketkeeper of the team against New Zealand, who is known for his defensive batting unlike Rishabh Pant.
A batting line-up without Rohit, Kohli and Pant would require aggressive batsmen and in that case Gill is apt. He has almost all the shots. He can do well against the second new ball as well. If Gill is successful in the middle order, then after the return of Kohli and Rohit, it will put pressure on Pujara and Rahane to perform well. The selectors have included Shreyas Iyer as a specialist middle-order batsman but the Mumbai lad may have to wait for his Test debut.