Latest Cricket News: Sourav Ganguly picks Murali Vijay, KL Rahul over Shikhar Dhawan to open in Tests against England

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  • Latest cricket news live revealed that Sourav Ganguly believes Shikhar Dhawan is a better ODI player and hence, should not open in the first Test against England
  • Speaking about the perfect openers for India’s first Test against England, Ganguly was reported in India cricket news today backing Murali Vijay and KL Rahul to open India’s innings rather than Shikhar Dhawan

Former Team India captain and a legend, Sourav Ganguly, is often at the front foot when it comes to speaking about the issues affecting Indian cricket. Making a print in latest cricket news live, the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal spoke about what he thinks would be the best opening combination for India’s innings in the upcoming Test series against England. Labelling Shikhar Dhawan a better ODI player and more accustomed to Indian conditions, Ganguly was quoted in India cricket news today suggesting that Murali Vijay and KL Rahul should be sent to face the new ball in the first Test in England.

After the three-match T20I series was won by India and the following three-match ODI series was lost to a rebounding England team, the Men in Blue would be extra conscious walking into the five-match Test series against England beginning from August 1. The Indian team selection and player forms are making waves in latest cricket news live, and are still a hot-topic in India cricket news today, as it is crucial for the Men in Blue to not return empty-handed from this tour.

Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t have a good record in Tests in overseas conditions: Sourav Ganguly

While Shikhar Dhawan is being seen as a top-prospect to open India’s innings against England in the first Test, it is worth noting that the limited-overs bully has struggled on his previous tours to South Africa, England and Australia, averaging 22.06 in 18 innings.

Speaking particularly about Dhawan’s performance in England, his average drops to 20.33. As reported in India cricket news today by Cricket Australia, Sourav Ganguly said,

“I would go with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul as openers in the Test series. Shikhar Dhawan is a good ODI player, and he was in decent touch during the ODI series as well, however, when he opens in Test cricket in overseas conditions, he doesn’t have a good record, be it South Africa, England or Australia.”

However, Ganguly also added that Dhawan has improved his record in Tests at home, and that it would be interesting to see what the Indian team selection committee goes through to decide the perfect opening pair for Tests against England. The former India skipper was quoted in India cricket news today, saying, “In India, he scores hundreds in Test cricket … it will be interesting to see the team management’s decision on this.”

Former England pacer Darren Gough says Cheteshwar Pujara’s form could worry Team India

Shikhar Dhawan’s form, however, is not the only concern that haunts Team India ahead of the Test series against England, and is not the only hot-topic making waves in latest cricket news live. Former England pacer and legend Darren Gough had recently said that he was really unsure if Cheteshwar Pujara, who’s considered a Test-specialist, can fit into the current India playing XI after having displayed poor performances with Yorkshire in English County Cricket.

Although Pujara boasts of an outstanding Test record having an average of 50.34, his recent stint with Yorkshire in the County Championship saw the long-format specialist average a lowly 14.33, something that doesn’t look very promising if India want to dominate England in the upcoming five-match Test series. As reported in latest cricket news live by Cricket Australia, Gough said,

“Pujara hasn’t had a good time playing for Yorkshire this summer, based on that alone I am not sure he fits into their XI at the moment. So I can see India leaving Pujara out for the first Test because they need to get their batting line-up right.”

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