With the inclusion of both KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, the fans are pretty torn between the question that who is going to open the innings and who should be walking out in the centre to anchor the middle order. Ideally, with the kind of form that Shubman Gill is in the midst of, it goes without saying that KL Rahul should be in the middle order, battling it for his team.
As the announcement was made, a lot of surprises were awaiting the fans that Ajinkya Rahane was included in the playing XI. There was another debate that was in progress which states that Rahane was selected only because Dhoni vouched for him but because of cricketing experts who have a closer eye on proceedings in the IPL.
Here is what Ajinkya Rahane’s selection in the team means
Rahane’s inclusion in the Indian cricket side was a direct result of the unavailability of Shreyas Iyer who is still tending to an injury from which Iyer will need at least 6 months to recover and unless he is unable to fix himself for the latter quadrennial extravaganza, things would keep on slipping away from him even at the World Cup.
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Former English skipper and currently a cricket analyst, Michael Vaughan had his own particular take about who should India play particularly keeping in mind who should India play in the WTC finale between KL Rahul and Shubman Gill. In the kind of form that Shubman Gill is in, Vaughan was clear about his judgement and he also warned India that a mistake in this selection can cost them severely.
This is what Michael Vaughan had to say about Ajinkya Rahane
Vaughan said, “The only change that they could make in English conditions, is that KL Rahul plays the moving ball better than Shubman Gill. Shubman’s a tremendous young player, but you’ve got to win that one game of cricket. Forget history, it’s about picking the best XI to win the World Test Championship. When it’s straight, Shubman is a dangerous player but I’ve seen a few little technical deficiencies. When the ball moves, he takes his hand little bit too much towards the ball. He snicks off quite consistently.”