"He should open with Rohit if India wants to win BGT series"- Harbhajan Singh's blunt answer to Rohit's partner between Gill and Rahul
Team India will face their biggest challenge in the World Test Championship when they lock horns with Australia in the four-match series. The much-awaited clash for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to take place in Nagpur on Thursday at the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium.
This series is important for both teams for different reasons. India, who is looking to qualify for the WTC final, will have to win, while Australia, who has lost the last two BGT series on home soil, has a point to prove and wants to avoid a hat-trick of BGT series losses.
Both teams have sustained injuries to their various players. However, India will have a few more things to prepare. The most important question for them is picking the batting line-up, which starts with the openers. Being a captain, Rohit Sharma will open the inning, but who will be his partner for the first test?
Will it be Shubman Gill, who has shown tremendous form in the last two months and scored centuries across the formats? Or will it be KL Rahul, who has struggled with the bat in 2022? It is a tough question, but former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has shut down this debate with a clear answer.
In one of his YouTube videos, he said, "Openers set the tone in any series. According to me, India's openers in the Australia series should be Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. If Team India wants to win this Test series, then Shubman Gill should open with Rohit Sharma."
He said that Gill has been in great form with the bat and has scored heavy runs in the home series recently, and with his form, India should stick with him for the entire series because he deserves the chance. Harbhajan also stated that Rahul has been inconsistent with the bat and that his batting numbers for 2022 are not encouraging.
Gill scored his first test century in the December 2022 series against Bangladesh. He scored 157 runs in four innings at an average of 39.25, while Rahul had some horrible numbers. He scored only 57 runs in four innings at a low average of 14.25 with a high of 23.