Ind vs Aus, Boxing Day Take a look at: Should you play 5 bowlers and let Ajinkya beat Rahane on # four, Gambhir advises the Indian crew


Ind versus Aus, Boxing Day Test: India's Ajinkya Rahane hits Australia during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. (AP photo)

Former opener Gautam Gambhir thinks India would do well to enter the upcoming second Test against Australia with five bowlers and move substitute skipper Ajinkya Rahane to fourth.

India lost the series opening day / night test by eight wickets after falling to the lowest test score of 36 in their second inning at the Adelaide Oval.

Rahane took command after regular captain Virat Kohli left for India on Tuesday for the birth of his first child.

“I will want to see Rahane in fourth place. I won't want him to stay at number five because if he's the captain now he'll have to lead from the front. So Rahane should play in fourth place instead of Virat Kohli, "said Gambhir on the Star Sports Show" Cricket Connected ".

The two-time world champion also won for the inclusion of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill in the XI for the Boxing Day Test to be held in Melbourne from December 26th to 30th.

“KL Rahul should be fifth and Rishabh Pant sixth. Jadeja and Ashwin should play in seventh and eighth and then on three sailors. I'll want to go in with five bowlers, ”said Gambhir.

“I wanted Prithvi Shaw to start the series because if a player scores one hundred and fifty goals in four friendlies and scored fifty goals in the last tough tour to New Zealand, then you start with him, no doubt his form wasn't good.

"But now he's in the form he is in, more than the form his confidence is very low. So I want to see Shubman Gill at the top, along with Mayank Agarwal and Pujara in third place."

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Steven Gregory