Former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Reetinder Singh Sodhi expressed his surprise at the request of the Indian team management for additional opening men despite the presence of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, en Abhimanyu Easwaran.
As Shubman Gill, the regular starting batsman, will be ruled out of the Test series due to a shin injury, reports have surfaced that management have asked for backup recorders in the form of Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal.
“Chetan Sharma and the senior selection committee selected excellent players, twenty guys were sent. Twenty players is enough, some are net bowlers and others can come in as substitutes. “There is a demand to send more openers from India, it is very difficult to understand,” Reetinder Singh Sodhi told India News Sports.
Reetinder Singh Sodhi believes people like Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and unlimited Bengal opening batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran are good enough to replace Shubman Gill.
Mayank Agarwal had his first breakthrough as a Test opener in 2019-20, where he scored some important 70s in Australia, in addition to a few double tons at home against South Africa and Bangladesh.
However, poor outings in New Zealand and the first two Tests last year in Australia led to his dismissal from the team.
KL Rahulby contrast, has five test hundreds against his name, including a dazzling 149 at the Oval during the last English tour.
However, repeated failures in South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies in 2018 and 2019 resulted in the stylish opener being dumped outside in August 2019.
Since then, Rahul has not played a single FC match and according to media reports, the Indian management wants to integrate him into the middle order.
Abhimanyu Easwaran, on the other hand, is averaging more than 40 in domestic FC cricket for Bengal. Reetinder Singh Sodhi believes the Dehradun-born cricketer deserves a chance at the highest level.
‘Shubman Gill is injured. You have substitutes in Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Abhimanyu Easwaran is a player who has been waiting for an opportunity for a number of years. “He set the stage on fire by scoring runs in the Ranji Trophy and even leading Bengal’s captains,” he added.
“I feel he deserves an opportunity as a Test opener. At the end of the day, my personal opinion is that if you have Abhimanyu Easwaran, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul there, you should give them a chance first. ‘Sodhi signed off