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‘There is no fight’ – Shubman Gill on competition with Prithvi Shaw for opener’s slot

Young India batsman Shubman Gill insists there is no fight for the opener’s slot with fellow youngster Prithvi Shaw in the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand starting February 21. In the absence of injured Rohit Sharma and with KL Rahul not included in the 15-member squad, there is a spot open at the top along side Mayank Agarwal.

Shubman believes whoever get the opportunity will try to make the most of it and there is no fight between him and Shaw as it is the team management’s headache to decided the playing XI.

“Obviously, our careers started at the same time but there is no fight as such,” Gill was quoted as saying by media ahead of the practice match against New Zealand XI.

“Both of us have done well in our positions. It’s up to the team management, who they will play. It’s not as if there is a fight. Whoever gets the chance will try to make the most of the opportunity and not let it go waste,” he added.

Earlier, out-of-favour India spinner Harbhajan Singh had opined that Gill should open the innings in place of Shaw as he was included in the team as a reserve opener.

Shubman is also going through a rich vein of form as he recently scored 83 and 204 for India A while playing in the middle order in the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A. He then slammed a century while opening the innings in the next match.

“Shubman should get his chance since he has been part of the team (as reserve opener) for quite a while without playing any Test match,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by media.

India will take on New Zealand XI in a three-day practice match before the first Test in Wellington starting February 21. The second Test is scheduled to be played in Christchurch starting February 29.

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