Sourav Ganguly names ‘permanent player’ in India WTC final XI
By SMCS - Mar 15, 2023 3:30 pm
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Team India have qualified for the WTC Final but ahead of that, they are currently in dilemma regarding the opening pair due to KL Rahul’s poor run of form. Meanwhile, Shubman Gill came with a blistering knock and he can be Rohit Sharma’s partner in the longest format as well. While reacting to Gill’s future, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that the youngster is a ‘permanent player’ in the Indian side and will be one of the first choices when Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid select the India XI for the WTC final against Australia on June 7 at The Oval, England.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored a brilliant century

“Firstly, congratulations to India for beating Australia. India have won in Australia, and they have won in England so there is no reason why they can’t win it again (In the WTC final). Bat well, score 350-400, and you’ll be in a position to win. Yeah (I see Shubman Gill retaining his place in the side). He has been brilliant in the last six-seven months. What else does he need to do? He’s a permanent player now,” Ganguly told Rev Sports.

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The former BCCI president also applauded India’s premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who were both named Player of the Series for their outstanding performance both with bat and ball in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India won 2-1 as well.

Shubman Gill
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill

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“Ashwin and Jadeja have been very good. You also have to speak about Axar Patel. He quietly does a good job lower down the order with the bat. Whenever he gets to bowl, he bowls well. That’s India’s strength, having Jadeja, Ashwin and Axar. I know you can’t play all three away but there is tremendous potential there,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.