Team India is gearing up for the upcoming World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton. There are several selection conundrums for India and one of those is to pick two openers. Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh gave his advice on the selection of openers for the all-important game.
Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill are opening for Team India together since Sydney Test earlier this year. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are other options for the opening slot in the team. Yuvraj picks the duo of Rohit and Shubhman to do the duties upfront.
“Rohit Sharma is very experienced now in Test matches. He has almost 7 hundreds as an opener. But both Rohit and Shubman Gill have not opened in England ever,” Yuvraj told Sports Tak.
“They know the challenge, the Dukes Ball swings early. They have to get used to the conditions quickly,” he added
Yuvi further advised batsmen to decode the code of playing in English conditions. He said batsmen should try to counter the first session of the day and look to score runs in the afternoon session.
“In England, it’s important to take it one session at a time. In the morning, the ball swings and seams, in the afternoon you can score runs, after Tea, it swings again. As a batsman, if you can adapt to these things, you can be successful,” the retired India cricketer said.
India will kick off their tour of England on June 18 when they will take the field against New Zealand in the WTC Final. The game will be played at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Afterwards, India will be on rest for nearly a month before regrouping again to prepare for the Test series against England.
The five-match Test series against hosts will begin in August at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.