Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal proved to be a flop in the Adelaide Test. India suffered an embarrassing defeat by eight wickets in this Test. In the second innings, Team India scored the lowest ever score of 36 runs. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Sunil Gavaskar believe that Rohit Sharma should be included in the opener squad. Along with this, Ponting also believes that Australia can make a clean sweep in the 4-Test series.
"He (Rohit) will play. He is a much better Test player than Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. If he is fit, he will bat directly in the top order," Ponting said during an interaction with the channel. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has also supported Rohit's inclusion in the team. He said, "Yes, yes, yes. He is going to play in this Test series. As far as I know, he is already in Australia and he is not playing the second Test, but he is in the third and Will play in the fourth Test.
Shaw and Mayank's batting technique criticized
Shaw and Mayank's batting technique was criticized by Gavaskar and Ponting. Shaw was dismissed for zero in the first innings. In the second innings, he scored four runs. At the same time, Mayank Agarwal was also able to score 17 runs in the first innings and 9 in the second innings.
Rohit in Quarantine period, expected to play in the last two Tests
Rohit was injured during the IPL. In such a situation, he was not included in ODIs and the T20 series. He has reached Australia after passing a fitness test from the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. However, he is not expected to play in the Melbourne Test. Because they are in the quarantine period. In this way, he will be able to play only the last two matches of the four-Test series.
Ponting said - Team India's return difficult
Before the start of the four-Test series, Ponting had predicted that Australia would win the series 2–1 over India. But after India's embarrassing defeat in the Test in Adelaide, he told cricket website cricket.com.au, "Australia has a better chance of sweeping. The team is expected to win the Melbourne Test as well. I think Team India can't come back and win the match. ”
Gil and Pant may get a chance in Melbourne
He further said - Prithvi Shaw is not expected to get a chance in Melbourne Test. Shubman Gill can join the playing XI. At the same time, Wriddhiman Saha is a better wicketkeeper. But Rishabh Pant is a better batsman. In such a situation, Pant should be given a chance in Melbourne. The return of David Warner and Will Pukowski will strengthen the team.