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Three future picks replacements for Pujara, Rahane: Ex- India Selector

Three future picks replacements for Pujara, Rahane: Ex- India Selector

On Monday, former national selector Jatin Paranjape picked three future replacements for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in India's Test line-up. Pujara, who has yet to score a century since January 2019, is 33, the same as Rahane, who has struggled to gather 644 runs in his last 15 Tests at an average of 24.76.

Paranjape said in a conversation with PTI.

"Look sooner or later, Rahane and Cheteshwar won't be playing. So, two out of three between Shreyas, Shubman and Vihari will grab those middle-order slots,"

While the other two have already made their Test debut, Iyer is yet to make his maiden appearance in the format. As a middle-order specialist, he has been added to the India squad for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand starting 25th November in Kanpur, which will kick off the second cycle of the World Test Championship. Still, Paranjape feels that even if the Mumbaikar fails to play XI in both the games, he won't be agitated as his time will eventually come.

Paranjape added.

"Even if, Shreyas doesn't get an chance in the series, I won't be very depress as his time will certainly come,"

Shubman Gill, who has opened for Team India in eight Tests, scoring 414 runs at 34.50 with three fifties, is looking to fill a middle-order place in the New Zealand Test series. And Paranjape, who was part of a selection panel that handed a Test debut to Gill in Australia, opines that it was a good idea.

Paranjape said.

"I am always a believer that toughness in team selection doesn't help. I actually feel that playing Shubman in middle-order batter will help the team. A certain number of flexibility always helps,"

Three future pick replacements for Pujara Rahane Ex India Selector 1Twitter image : @ajinkyarahane88

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The idea behind putting Gill in the middle order would be to provide solidity to the batting without Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Rishabh Pant. It will have second-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to follow next. While Rohit and Pant have been rested from the series owing to workload management, Kohli will return to lead in the side in the second game.

Paranjape admitted that Gill, who previously opened for India, will adapt to his new role given the conditions in India where much seam and swing can't be expected after a certain period.

"I don't think in India, and it's going to make a lot of difference because overseas it's more of a specialized role – opener or middle-place. If they use Gill in middle-order, I believe it will work as the SG ball will quickly lose its shine.

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