One of the openers appears destined to be replaced by the skipper, Rohit Sharma, for the second Test match against Bangladesh. With a century in the second innings, Shubman Gill made a strong argument to keep his position. KL Rahul did not surpass the 30-run threshold in either of his two innings, but as Team India’s designated vice-captain, it will be difficult to remove him. In Rohit’s absence, he is in charge of India.
Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian batsman, gave his opinion and suggested that Shubman would be forced to sit out even though the team management still has plenty of time to decide on the final XI. Manjrekar predicted that the team management would not leave Rahul out when speaking to Sony Sports Network.
Sanjay Manjrekar on Sony Sports broadcast said, “This guy has got a hundred, he has looked good. Let’s imagine if Rohit Sharma is fit, KL Rahul and Rohit are your first-choice openers, you have to go back to Rohit Sharma. He is your captain. KL Rahul is not getting as many runs as he would like but they are not going to leave KL Rahul out.”
He added, “Shubman Gill may have to sit out. Ajinkya Rahane, it happened with him once, I think. It has happened before Indian cricket.”
Since Cheteshwar Pujara has already committed to staying on and will bat at position three, the team management will find it difficult to decide in light of Rohit’s return. In the first innings, he scored 90 runs, and then he added a century. It has been confirmed that Rishabh Pant will bat after Virat Kohli at position number 4.
If the management chooses to support the vice-captain, Shubman, who recently struck his first Test century, may be fired. If Shubman keeps his place in the starting XI, Rahul’s omission will also come as a huge surprise.
In Dhaka, the series’ second test will be played from December 22 to December 26.