The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is all set to begin on 9 February 2023 in Nagpur. However, ahead of the first Test, team selection has become a headache for Rohit Sharma. On the eve of the series opener, the team India skipper attended the pre-match press conference. He said: “It is tough. The guys are in good form, pushing for a spot and doing really well, and it is tough to leave some out.”
Even, fans are wondering about the suitable playing XI for the Men in Blue for the Nagpur Test. Some fans are wanting to see Shubman Gill or Suryakumar Yadav in the final playing XI. While some fans are ready to stick with KL Rahul as the opening partner of Rohit. Now, the former India spinner, Harbhajan Singh shared his predicted playing XI for the first Test and it surprised fans.
Harbhajan Singh wants Suryakumar Yadav to get his Test debut in Nagpur
The former spinner did not select KL Rahul in his line-up. Instead of him, he selected Gill as the second opener while picking Suryakumar Yadav as a middle-order batter. He tweeted: “My Team India 11 for the first Test 1- Rohit 2-Gill 3-Pujara 4-Virat 5-Surya 6- Jadeja 7-Bharat 8-Ashwin 9-Axar 10- Shami 11- Siraj #INDvsAUS what are ur thoughts guys?” But, fans became surprised to see him not picking KL Rahul despite being the vice-captain of team India. Even, on his official YouTube channel, Harbhajan Singh shared his vote for Shubman Gill as an opener over Rahul.
In that video, he said that If team India wants to win this Test series, then Shubman Gill should open with Rohit Sharma. Speaking about Suryakumar Yadav, he made a great comeback in this Ranji Trophy season for Mumbai. He scored 223 runs in three innings, at an average of 74.33. Even, former team India coach, Ravi Shastri claimed that Suryakumar Yadav can bring an attacking approach to the middle-order if he gets a chance in Nagpur.
Here is the shared tweet:
My Team india 11 for the first
11- Siraj #INDvsAUS 🏏 what are ur thoughts guys ?
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 8, 2023
After seeing his predicted playing XI, fans came up with some tweets and they are:
Bajji. Where is the voice captain? Replace Surya with KL. Otherwise fine.
— Naren VJ (@narenvj21) February 8, 2023
Vice captain ko bhul gaye paji 🙄
— Mahesh (@Mahesh_Sharma45) February 8, 2023
KL is VC
— Pritam (@Pritam085) February 8, 2023
Where is wise captain
— G Babu Panchayat Secretary (@Babu38578908) February 8, 2023
KL kidhar hai?
— Prathamesh Damle (@iampd21) February 8, 2023
Dropping vice captain?
— Yuvraj Bundela🇮🇳 (@YuvrajBundela19) February 8, 2023
Unreal hyping of lappebaaz sky
— Shahid (@shahid_1277) February 8, 2023
Rahul se kuch zyada lagaav nahin hai aapko…itna agenda to @poserarcher bhi nahin karta..
— Gagan Chawla (@toecrushrzzz) February 8, 2023