‘Yeh raha Shadi ka gift Rahul ko!’ – Fans slam Team India management for not picking Shubman Gill for Nagpur Test

Shubman Gill might be disappointed not to get a chance in the first Test.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Source: Twitter)

The much-waited Border-Gavaskar Trophy finally began on 9 February 2023 in Nagpur. All eyes were set to see an enthralling battle between India and Australia. But, on the eve of the series opener, Rohit Sharma said that he was still unsure about the decision of playing either Shubman Gill or Suryakumar Yadav.

The Indian skipper said: “Both have been terrific and both bring a different thing. Gill obviously has been in great form and scoring heavily in all formats. Surya has been in terrific form in the T20 and hopefully, he can bring that game into this format as well.” However, there were reports that Suryakumar Yadav might get the Test debut cap in Nagpur.

Shubman Gill scored his maiden Test ton in the last Test series in Bangladesh  

Even, some fans also suggested including Shubman Gill as an opener while playing KL Rahul or Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order. Shubman Gill has been enjoying a great run with the bat for India in recent months. In the white-ball formats, he scored ODI centuries while managing his maiden T20I century. So, fans were hoping to see him in action in the longest format of the game in this series. On the other hand, KL Rahul has failed to score big runs in this format since the start of 2022. In the last series in Bangladesh, he scored only 57 runs in four innings. 

But, fans also claimed that it will be tough to drop Rahul as he is the vice-captain of the team. But, former cricketers like Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh raised their voices to drop KL Rahul. They both showed faith in Shubman Gill as the opener ahead of the first Test. But, after losing the toss, Rohit Sharma confirmed that Suryakumar Yadav and Srikar Bharat have been given debut caps. Hence, Shubman Gill failed to get a place in the final playing XI. After such a decision, fans came up and slammed the team management on social media platforms.

Here is how fans have shown support for Shubman Gill by slamming team India management:

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