Shubman Gill will make his Test debut when India takes on Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday.
The management made four changes to the Melbourne Test XI – Gill comes in for Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant replaces Wridhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja in place of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj for Mohammed Shami.
With no Rohit Sharma in the squad, Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw have been the incumbent Test openers, but Shaw has copped criticism for his poor form, which saw him get dismissed for scores of 0 and 4 in Adelaide.
The Mumbai right-hander makes way for his Under-19 World Cup-winning teammate, who had featured in both of India’s warm-up matches in the lead up to the first Test. Gill was in good nick, with scores of 43 and 65 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).