IPL 2023: Harbhajan Singh feels Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill will soon be opening for Team India

Jaiswal, who represents Rajasthan Royals, amassed a total of 625 runs, including a hundred and 5 fifties in 14 innings in the IPL 2023 following a good domestic season with Mumbai. The youngster has rightly earned a lot of praise for his performance.

Gill too is among the top-scorers this season, carrying on his terrific run from the national side since the start of the year. The Gujarat Titans opener is just 9 runs away from clinching the Orange Cap with 722 runs. The Punjab batter has scored 2 hundreds.

Speaking exclusively to Star Sports on the #AskStar segment, former India off-spinner Harbhajan spoke on who will be the future of Indian cricket, adding the duo will be opening together and Gill can also be captain in the future.

“If we are talking about batsmen, then I can say that Shubhman Gill has the potential. Along with him, I think Yashasvi too has the potential to be the future of India,” Harbhajan said.

“I think Yashasvi is this year’s most impressive player and in the years to come he will definitely play for Team India. Shubhman Gill will also be there, maybe a he will be the captain as well. I’m talking about the future here.”

Apart from Jaiswal and Gill, Rinku Singh and Tilak Varma, who have often stepped for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively also earned Harbhajan’s backing to break into the national side in the future.

“And I also think that Tilak Varma and Rinku Singh will also be there, so I’m making a squad for the future of the Indian team. They are all unbelievable talents,” Harbhajan added.

The former off-spinner Harbhajan also spoke on how he would build Team India’s T20 team for the future with Hardik Pandya as his pick as the captain.

“If we look at the current form, and if we want to go in the direction of youth, then Yashasvi is the best option available. When we lost the T20 World Cup in Dubai in 2021, then there was much speculation that we should build a team around youngsters,” Harbhajan said.

“Without saying anyone’s name on who should be left out of the squad, I think Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rinku Singh, Shubhman Gill, under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, there should be a new team all together.

“Hardik should be captain, and Yashasvi and Gill should open the batting, along with Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma and Nitish Rana, then this team will have a lot of potential.”

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