Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has opined that he is not sure that Shubman Gill has managed to cement his place in the Indian team for the upcoming 50-over World Cup in October. Gill scored a double hundred as India defeated New Zealand by a close margin of 12 runs in Hyderabad. Speaking with Star Sports, Bangar said Ishan Kishan had achieved the same feat as Gill, which is why he is not sure if his spot is assured.
Elaborating the same, Sanjay Bangar said, “I am not so sure as yet because obviously there is one batter (Ishan Kishan) who is a left-hander who has also done that feat not too long ago. Again very similar in the age group category, he is 24 and Shubman is 23.”
The former coach opined that it is a great thing for Indian cricket to have such talented players at their disposal, adding that India will have to pick two openers between the three for their pair during the World Cup.
Sanjay Bangar explained, “A great thing for Indian cricket because what it does actually is that it sort of narrows down your choices to maybe possibly now that out of those three, two will certainly open for the Indian team in the 50-over World Cup.”
Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar also weighed in on the debate, saying anything can happen before the World Cup with the IPL and around 20 ODI matches being scheduled.
Sanjay Manjrekar opined, “I know where he (Bangar) is coming from because he is looking at finally the World Cup squad and there is a bit of time there. There is going to be an IPL before that, there are about 20 ODI matches before that, so who knows what can happen. Ishan Kishan was dropped after a double hundred, so things can happen, but slightly more optimistic about Shubman Gill being the opener.”