As Team India look to prepare for the test series against New Zealand, Team India coach Ravi Shastri is looking at youngsters to show their mettle. With Rohit Sharma injured, India have two talented youngsters – Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw – vying for the opening slot to partner Mayank Agarwal.
“Both are supremely exciting talents. Regardless of who gets into the XI in Wellington, the fact of the matter is they’re here, part of India’s national squad, and from here on they should know that the sky remains the limit,” said Ravi Shastri to The Times of India.
“They’re all from the same school, you know. They love facing the new ball, enjoy a challenge. Rohit is unfortunately out so that puts Shubman and Prithvi in contention to open with Mayank. That competition is necessary and that’s what makes a bunch of 15 look strong and stable,” added Shastri.
Eyeing World Test Championship final
Team India coach, Ravi Shastri is eyeing 100 points in World Test Championship.
“We need 100 points to be in contention to play at Lord’s (in the World Test Championship final). Two overseas wins out of six Tests will keep us in good stead. We play six Tests overseas this year (two in NZ and four in Australia). So, that’s one objective.
“The other is to play like the world’s No. 1 Test team, because that’s what this team believes in more than anything else. On the Test front, that’s what we’re looking at.”
India swept the hosts NZ in T20I series 5-0 but suffered 3-0 in the ODI series that followed.