Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Picture by Julian Finney/Getty Photographs)

Former all-rounder Ajit Agarkar reckons that Cheteshwar Pujara or Hanuma Vihari ought to open the innings for India within the rescheduled fifth Take a look at match towards England at Edgbaston that will get underway on Friday, July 1. Agarkar’s remarks have come after skipper Rohit Sharma examined COVID-19 constructive which could power him to overlook the competition.

Whereas Pujara and Vihari, who bat at quantity three and 6 are makeshift openers, India even have the likes of KS Bharat and Mayank Agarwal helpful for the opening slot. Within the unique squad, solely Rohit and Shubman Gill have been named openers after vice-captain KL Rahul was excluded because of a groin damage which is anticipated to maintain him out of motion for some time.

It’s higher to go along with a bit of bit extra expertise: Ajit Agarkar

“I do know KS Bharat acquired some runs within the warm-up recreation. The group administration will most likely take a look at how ready Mayank Agarwal is after becoming a member of the group. I don’t know if he has sufficient time to organize for this one-off Take a look at. With Rohit in isolation, I consider expertise will assist in opening, whether or not it’s Vihari or Pujara, who has been round for a very long time,” mentioned Agarkar in a digital interplay organized by Sony Sports activities.

“Vihari has already opened for India a few instances. So, that will be my choose, a type of two if Mayank doesn’t look fairly prepared as he didn’t have sufficient time within the nets and is clearly not going to get any (apply) video games now. For my part, it’s higher to go along with a bit of bit extra expertise as a result of it’s a one-off Take a look at,” he added.

In the meantime, in Rohit Sharma’s absence, it stays to be seen who can be main the Indian facet. So far as Cheteshwar Pujara and Bharat’s kinds are involved, it looks like each have gotten accustomed to the English circumstances to a sure extent. Pujara scored a mountain of runs within the County Championship, which included 4 centuries, with two double centuries amongst them, at an excellent common of 120. Nevertheless, he had an off day within the apply recreation towards Leicestershire within the first innings the place he failed to bother the scorers earlier than scoring 22 runs within the second innings.

Bharat, alternatively, confirmed nice character on a wicket the place different Indian batters failed to use themselves correctly within the warm-up fixture. He scored an unbeaten 70 and 43 within the first and second innings of the fixture, respectively.



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