'He's faced the NZ attack in NZ': Former Kiwi coach on who should open for India
One of the talking points leading up to the World Test Championships final is India's potential opening combination for the Test match starting at Southampton's Ageas Bowl. India has four specialist openers in their squad and one reserve opener for the tour of the UK in Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, and KL Rahul. Although India has persisted with the combination of Rohit and Gill for the Australia Tests and the three-Test series against England at home, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels Agarwal would be a better fit to open the innings in the WTC final starting June 18. Agarwal was India's designated opener but his place was taken by Gill after his heroics in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. "They will probably go with Rohit and Shubman but I think Mayank needs to be considered. He has faced the New Zealand attack in New Zealand, where he would have got some crucial experience," Mike Hesson told PTI on Wednesday.