Sunil Gavaskar tells rattled India to make two changes for second Australia Test

Sunil Gavaskar believes India should recall KL Rahul and Shubman Gill for the second Test against Australia as the tourists bid to avenge their humiliating defeat in Adelaide.

India suffered an eight-wicket loss in the opening Test of the four-match series after being bowled out for 36 in an extraordinary second innings.

Josh Hazlewood claimed figures of 5-8 for Australia, while his team-mate Pat Cummins took 4-21 as the hosts stamped their authority on Border-Gavaskar series.

India will need to make at least two changes for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the series with an arm injury and Virat Kohli returned home to be at the birth of his first child.

But former India captain Gavaskar believes Rahul should also be selected over Prithvi Shaw, who failed twice in Adelaide, and wants Gill to slot in to the middle order.

‘India will look at making two changes,’ he told Sports Tak. ‘Firstly, maybe KL Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw as an opener.

‘At No. 5 or No. 6, Shubman Gill should come in. His form has been good. Things can change if we start well.

‘India have to believe that they can come back in the remainder of the Test series.

‘If India don’t find the positivity, then a 4-0 series loss can happen. But if they have positivity, why not? It can happen.

‘India should start the Melbourne Test well, it’s necessary for them to step on to the ground with a lot of positivity. Australia’s weak point is their batting.’

India’s 36 all out in Adelaide is the lowest Test total since New Zealand were bowled out for 26 in 1955.

Gavaskar says it is ‘natural’ for India fans to be angry at the performance but insists things could have been different had the tourists fielded better.

India dropped six catches on day two of the match as Australia rallied from 111-7 to reach 191, a first-innings deficit of only 53.

‘It’s natural that there is anger after such a performance. But in cricket, anything can happen,’ India legend Gavaskar added.

‘Had we held on to our catches well and had good field placements, there might not have been any problem.

‘Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne would have got out early. We could have had a lead of 120. Australia got ahead in the Test because of those dropped catches.’

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