Shubman Gill might make his international debut tomorrow
A couple of days back the Indian team has taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 and thus have bagged the series comfortably. The level of competition was nowhere near as it was expected to be. The Kiwi bowlers simply could not give their team a good start as the top 3 went on piling runs.
The New Zealand squad was selected for only first three games, while the Indian team management has decided to give Virat Kohli some rest considering the intense workload. With team India winning the series, it is almost certain that their will be changed in the playing 11.
With Kohli being rested, it is almost certain that young Shubman Gill will make his debut. Also, it would surprise everybody if the young lad does not make his debut. He has rated quite highly by some of the big names like Yuvraj Singh, R, Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik and to top it all, the captain himself is impressed by the young lad. Thus, this makes a strong case for the debut of Shubman Gill.
Now the chances are high that if young Shubman Gill plays, he will bat at No 3 and this where the team management must send Dhoni at 4. Most of the cricketing minds and even some of the teammates have not refrained from stating that the legend should bat at 4.
M.S Dhoni in a practice session
Now, the reason as to why a strong case is presented for Dhoni to bat at no 4, if Shubman plays at three is that there is no better individual who could groom the player as Dhoni can. The nervousness factors are always there for any young player who makes his debut. If India loses the openers early chasing a score in excess of 270 or 300, then in such case the presence of someone like Dhoni at the other will instill a lot of confidence in Gill.
The way he is rated by some big names skill will never be an issue. However, learning is a continuous process and what better way to improve your game, then to bat with someone who has an impeccable in reading the game situations. No practice session can substitute the process of spending time in the middle. Thus, when you have an opportunity to groom young talent and make him a player for future under the guidance of someone like M.S. Dhoni, the team management should not refrain from it. Also, series is already won, and in this way, Dhoni can also get a chance to spend more time at the crease.