Gautam Gambhir believes Priyank Panchal will benefit greatly from the upcoming tour of South Africa. Gambhir comes in as an injury substitute for Sharma, who was recently named vice-captain. Panchal had to wait for his opportunity. After competing in 100 First Class games prior to his first national call-up. He led the India A side in the first two Tests against South Africa A. While Gambhir lamented that losing Sharma was a huge blow. But expects to see Panchal take this chance well.
“It’s a major setback for India, and given his performance in England, he would have preferred to play in South Africa, as he didn’t want to miss a Test while in such excellent form. It’s a huge blow because he was just named vice-captain,” Gautam Gambhir said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for a young person to embrace and make the country proud,” says the author,” Gambhir added.
The backup opener for the series is expected to be Priyank Panchal. In the Rainbow nation, both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are regarded as the first-choice opening combo. Despite his great results with Gujarat, Panchal has had to wait for his opportunity. Along with KS Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Rahul Chahar, he was picked as one of five standby players. Earlier this year, during the home Test series against England.
“I’ve been doing well since the last few years for Gujarat and India ‘A’, and I’ve been waiting for this chance for many years, but I didn’t expect to get this chance. This is a pleasant surprise,” Gautam Gambhir said.
Lastly, Priyank Panchal will enter the bio-bubble. Along with the rest of the team after reporting to Mumbai. The team is slated to depart for South Africa on December 16. Also, the tour will begin with the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.