Team India take on Australia in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne, on Saturday. India has announced the playing XI for the Test, which sees three changes in the side. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir is not happy with Team India management and their treatment to some players.
Team India is set to face off against Australia in the Boxing Day Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, from Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). India is trailing 0-1 in the series after losing the opening day-night Test in Adelaide.
As Team India has announced the playing XI for the Test, it has as many as three changes in Adelaide's side. With skipper Virat Kohli being replaced by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, opener Prithvi Shaw makes way for Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant comes in for wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha.
However, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is not happy with how the Team India management is treating Pant and Saha. Gambhir wondered that too much shuffling between the two, based on a game, makes the players insecure.
"It's unfortunate and Wriddhiman Saha has played just one Test match in this series, and he hasn't done well and gets dropped. Imagine what happens to Pant if he doesn't do well in this Test or the third Test. What do you do then? Would you go back to Wriddhiman Saha," Gambhir was quoted as saying to Sports Today.
"That's why this team looks so unsettled because no one is secured. Professional sport is all about security. Everyone has talent when they are representing the country. All they want is security and that assurance that we are there to back you, not just by words but by action," added Gambhir.
"Actually, it's been unfair on Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha both over a long period of time, when they have picked and chosen players on conditions. You don't do that with wicketkeepers. You do that with bowlers," Gambhir continued.
Gambhir also spoke against the rule of a keeper each for home and away, as he felt that it hardly makes any sense. "I have never believed in this theory of rotation policy that Wriddhiman Saha is only good for sub-continent and Rishabh Pant is better overseas because that's not how good teams go into. If you are good in Indian conditions, you got to deliver in overseas conditions as well. Whether he does that or not is irrelevant," he concluded.
India's confirmed playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
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Last Updated Dec 25, 2020, 6:28 PM IST