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Despite his impressive double century in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar believes that Good luck Gill Did not do enough to seal his berth as the other opener alongside Rohit Sharma in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
He believes that the Ranchi-born batsman, Ishan Kishan, is still in the opening race as the southpaw recently scored a cracking double century against Bangladesh in the third ODI of the series to be played in December 2022. He believes the race is currently wide open but has narrowed down to two young batters.
“I’m still not sure (Shubman has confirmed his place in the playing eleven) because obviously there is a batsman (Ishan Kishan) who is a left-hander who has done this feat not too long ago. Again very similar in the age group category, he is 24 and Shubman is 23,” Bangar said while talking to Star Sports.
“A great thing for Indian cricket because what it actually does is it kind of narrows down your choices that maybe two of those three will now definitely open for the Indian team in the 50-over World Cup,” he added. .
Sanjay Manjrekar agrees with Bangar, believes anything can happen leading up to the ODI World Cup
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar agrees with Bangar’s views and believes that it is too early to decide Gill’s fate. ODI World Cup Still a few months away. He also believes that the IPL can play a role in determining India’s opening combination.
“I know where he (Bunger) is coming from because he is finally looking at the World Cup squad and has some time there. There is going to be an IPL before that, there are about 20 ODI matches before that, so who knows what can happen, he said.
“Ishan Kishan was dropped after the double century, so things can happen, but Shubman Gill is a bit more optimistic about being the opener,” concluded Manjrekar.