IND vs NZ: Gautam Gambhir thinks Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan should be India’s permanent openers in T20Is


Former batsman Gautam Gambhir believes Ishan Kishan and Prithvi Shaw should be Team India’s permanent openers in Twenty20 Internationals. Shaw recently returned to the national squad for the three-game T20I series against New Zealand, which begins on Friday, January 27.

Both of India’s regular opening players, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul will miss the next three-match T20I series against New Zealand, which begins later this month.

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Gambhir begged the management of the Indian squad to support 23-year-old Shaw and give the batter more time. Shaw is a player who can attack the bowlers and win games, according to Gambhir, who announced in December 2018 that he would retire from all forms of cricket.

“He shouldn’t have left anyway because every time he got the chance he has given India such an explosive start. He is the right man. He, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav fit perfectly into the template that India keeps talking about Now that you’ve picked Shaw, stay with him,” Gautam Gambhir was quoted on Star Sports.

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Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Don’t judge him on every series. He’s young, he’s explosive and he’s a match winner. So pick him in the playing XI and give him a longer run,’ Gautam Gambhir stated.

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He advised Gill to mainly focus on Tests and ODIs after the young player had just made his T20I debut and has played in three games for India to date.

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Shubman Gill (PC-Getty Images)

“Shubman Gill needs to focus on Test and ODI cricket. Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan should be your permanent openers in T20Is,” Gautam Gambhir added.

Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and the returning Prithvi Shaw are India’s starting prospects for the New Zealand series.

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