While the opening final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is just a week away, there has been much discussion about India’s initial combination for the clash at the top against New Zealand.
Former all-rounder in India Yuvraj Singh also revealed his starting combination for the long-awaited race, which is due to start on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The left-hander said he would go with Gil to start inning with Rohit.
“Rohit Sharma has a lot of experience in test matches. He has almost 7 hundred as an opener. But neither Rohit nor Schubman Gill have ever opened their doors in England, “Yuvraj told Sports Tak.
Agarwal was eliminated from the test combination after two failures against Australia. Jill, his deputy, shone down, but failed in the next test series against England at home.
However, Gill, part of the Kolkata Knights team, was bad at the recent postponement IPL, raising questions about his involvement in the important competition against the Kiwis.
Yuvraj also said that the Rohit-Gill couple should take one session at a time. Rohit and Gil had found themselves together in Australia, but the duo has no experience playing in English. Rohit, 34, will actually play his first test in England as a opener.
“They know the challenge, Dukes Ball swings early. They need to quickly get used to the conditions.
“In England, it’s important to have one session at a time. In the morning the ball swings and stitches, in the afternoon you can score runs, after Tea swings again. As a batsman, if you can adapt to these things, you can succeed, “said Yuvraj, who represented India in 40 tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals.
Yuvraj also echoed the views of head coach Ravi Shastri and called the WTC final a “best of three” affair.
“I feel in a situation like this, there must be the best 3 tests, because if you lose the first one, you can go back to the next two. “India will have a slight drawback because New Zealand is already playing test cricket in England,” he said.