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Reports: Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill to open innings against Zimbabwe

Reports: Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill to open innings against Zimbabwe

Shubman Gill and Abhishek Sharma. (Source – Twitter/X)

As the whole nation is celebrating India’s victorious T20 World Cup campaign, the attention now shifts to the upcoming five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe, set to start on July 6. With several senior players bidding farewell to the format, the series presents a golden opportunity for emerging talents to get a chance to claim their spot in the national squad.

The retirement of stalwarts like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja from T20Is has created vacancies in the Indian team. As the Men in Blue begin preparations to defend their title on home soil in 2026, the Zimbabwe series serves as a crucial platform for new players to show their skills and potential.

As per an ESPNcricinfo report, one of the most anticipated aspects of the series is the potential debut of Abhishek Sharma as an opener alongside first-time skipper Shubman Gill. With Yashasvi Jaiswal unavailable for the first two matches, Abhishek’s aggressive batting style and ability to contribute with left-arm spin make him a strong contender for the opening slot.

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Abhishek’s recent performances in domestic cricket and the IPL have been nothing short of spectacular. His ability to clear boundaries consistently, even against spin bowlers outside the powerplay will be very affective for the side. In IPL 2024, Abhishek, along with Travis Head, reinvented T20 batting with their hyper-aggressive approach.

Gill, despite a mixed IPL 2024 season, will be eager to get his 2023 form. This series also marks Gill’s debut as India’s senior team captain. The middle order sees the return of Rinku Singh, whose T20I record speaks volumes of his efficiency.

With an impressive average of 89 and a strike rate of 176.23 in his limited international appearances, Rinku will be crucial in stabilizing the innings and providing explosive finishes.

Also read: The fans wanted the trophy back in India, I am lucky to have the chance to captain this unit: Rohit Sharma

The series also offers opportunities for players like Dhruv Jurel, who is in line for a T20I debut as wicketkeeper, and spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Washington Sundar, who are looking to re-establish themselves in the format.

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