Shubhman Gill was not selected for the playing XI for the first Test against Australia. India went ahead with KL Rahul and Surya Kumar Yadav.
As India is playing a very important series with a position in the World Test Championship Final at stake, I feel we should play our best team. KL Rahul is undoubtedly a classy batter but he has been struggling to get runs at the top for India. His struggle also means that India does not get off to a good start. The good thing about his innings in Nagpur was that he did not throw his wicket away and was patient throughout his innings but, to be honest with the kind of form Shubhman Gill is in, as a team you want to utilize it.
KL Rahul has been doing a good job in the lower middle order in limited-overs cricket and maybe he can be used in a similar role in Tests as well. If KL Rahul can keep the wickets then in the absence of Rishab Pant he can definitely be an asset to the team. His keeping wickets and batting in the lower middle order will give a lot of strength to the team.
Let's see what the captain and management decide to do in the next match in Delhi.
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