Playing XI of Indian cricketers who made their debut in the last five Border Gavaskar Trophy competitions
In both India and Australia's cricket calendar, the Border Gavaskar Trophy is an important event. At times, both teams also introduce fresh faces through this event. On that note, in this article, we take a look at the playing XI of Indian cricketers who made their debut in the recent Border Gavaskar Trophy competitions.
Mainly due to injury concerns, India has had to give debuts to many cricketers in recent times in the BGT. Interestingly, most of these debuts have worked heavily in India's favour.
Openers: Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal
Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal are the openers in this playing XI of Indian cricketers who made their debut in the recent Border Gavaskar Trophy competitions. While Gill made his debut in the 2020 edition, Mayank came as an opener in the team in the 2018 edition. In both cases, it was more due to the bad form of the existing openers that the players got their respective chances. While Mayank spent a few years with the Indian Team, Gill is still a part of it. That said, Mayank can still make a comeback.
Middle-Order: KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat (WK)
KL Rahul was part of the BGT in 2014. He scored a century in just his second game and left everyone impressed. SKY and Bharat are the latest entrants to this list. With Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant injured, India had no option but to give debuts to both of these cricketers. It needs to be seen how they would go about in Test cricket.
All-Rounders: Washington Sundar and Karn Sharma
Washington Sundar is the prominent all-rounder in this playing XI of Indian cricketers who made their debut in the recent Border Gavaskar Trophy competitions. R Ashwin was injured for the Gabba game and hence, net bowler Washington Sundar got a game. He left an immediate impression, especially with the bat. Going ahead, it would not be a surprise if Sundar makes a comeback to the Test Team. In 2014, Karn Sharma made his Test debut but after that, he never played in Tests for India again.
Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan
Kuldeep Yadav made his debut in the 2017 edition that was held in India. He is still a part of the setup. Siraj, Saini and Nattu all made their debuts in the 2020-21 edition of the BGT. For Siraj, this debut was coming and in just his third game, he was leading the pace attack. For Saini and Nattu, though, it was mainly due to injuries that they got their chances.