Former Indian fast bowler, Karsan Ghavri reckons that Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, and Shubman Gill have got enough chances but have failed to perform consistently, and hence, they can’t demand a guaranteed spot in India’s Test XI. Ghavri’s comments came after India lost the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Vihari, Thakur, and Gill were part of India’s XI in that match, and all three of them failed to do much for the team in both innings of the Test match.
Talking about the same during a chat with Sportskeeda, Karsan Ghavri said, “I think it’s time we looked beyond Hanuma Vihari and Shardul Thakur. Shubman Gill is a good future prospect, but where is his consistency?”
The former pacer named Sarfaraz Khan and Suryakumar Yadav as the possible replacements for Vihari and Gill. Suryakumar, who is known as a limited-overs specialist, has been knocking on the doors of the longest format of the game for some time now. He was even drafted in as a backup in the Test series last year.
Sarfaraz Khan, on the other hand, was in the form of his life in the Ranji Trophy. Describing the same, Karsan Ghavri said, “Sarfaraz Khan and Suryakumar Yadav need to be drafted into the Test team as soon as possible. They are the future stars of Indian cricket. Our next Test series is against Bangladesh in November. Don’t think they are pushovers. We have to play against them with our best resources.”
Ghavri’s comments came after India faced a seven-wicket loss in the rescheduled fifth and final Test of the series in Edgbaston earlier this week. The loss meant the five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw. Both, Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari failed across both innings of the Test, while Shardul Thakur could only pick one wicket in the match.
India is not scheduled to play any Test till December, as the calendar remains packed with white-ball series due to the T20 World Cup in October-November later this year.