How Does Shubman Gill Can Refine His Test Cricket?

An analysis of Ollie Pope’s 196 in the first Test can help Shubman Gill refine his Test game

India vs England: After Team India‘s shock defeat to England in the opening Test of the series in Hyderabad, head coach Rahul Dravid said that the batsmen, especially the younger ones, needed to hone their skills to adjust to the shifting subcontinental surface conditions.

England staged a historic comeback in Hyderabad. They beat India by just 28 runs. That too after trailing by 190 runs in the first innings. With a brilliant batting display that included hitting 196 and forming solid partnerships with the lower order, Ollie Pope gave India a daunting 231-run target. 

The hosts were very aggressive in the opening half of the game. But they were all out for 202 as their batting collapse failed to absorb the pressure. When the two teams meet for the second Test of the series on February 2 in Visakhapatnam. Team India will look to respond with many questions asked over the form of Shubman Gill in particular.

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Dravid’s advice to young Indian batters for Ind vs Eng Test Series

Dravid said that he wants the younger generation of batters to learn how to counter spin-friendly situations on their own. But he doesn’t want to be “too harsh” in his evaluations. Following a specific query on the struggling Shubman Gill, who finished the first two innings with scores of 23 and 0, the head coach said.

“I wouldn’t judge them too harshly. However, it was a difficult surface, and some of our younger batsmen have found it difficult to adjust. In his press conference after the game, Dravid stated, “But you know, they’ve got the skill.”

The batting great was pleased with the growth of junior batters, though.

“To get here, they had to score a lot of runs in domestic cricket. Their selection is based on merit. People do need some time to acclimate. Without naming them, the coach said, “They’re putting in a lot of effort and thinking into their batting.

“They just need to keep trying to get better and acquire new skills that could help them deal with these kinds of situations a little bit more effectively,” Dravid stated.

Shubman Gill’s Test career has started horribly. In 21 Tests, he has averaged just 29.53. Gill’s position was elevated to No. 3 in the Test team by replacing veteran no. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara.

Anil Kumble, the renowned former Indian spinner, says that Gill’s aggressive mindset and hard-handed approach demand a reevaluation of his batting style to succeed in Test cricket. 

Gill is getting a longer cushion than Cheteshwar Pujara. Kumble also warned Gill that he needs to adjust quickly to the test format and prove himself.

“Gill needs to use his front foot with good effect”- Manjrekar

Former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar suggested that Shubman Gill should use his front foot to emulate Ollie Pope’s effective strategy. Ollie Pope, an English middle-order batsman, altered his style of play in the second innings of the current Test match in the five-match series against India.

The former cricket player who is now a commentator claimed that Pope intentionally went for the front run to score runs. He believes that Shubman Gill, a young player who bats extremely effectively with his front foot, could consider doing the same thing.

“There was one huge distinction between Pope’s batting in the first and the second. He continued to have faith in his attacking style. But if you observe the initial balls he faced. You will observe that he reacted with great intent and got off to a fast start. Still, he kept looking for twos and quick ones.

The former cricket player told ESPNcricinfo. “Since Shubman Gill enjoys being on the front foot as well, he should include that more into his batting.

Pope was bowled out for one in the first innings. But he came out swinging in the second, holding onto his wicket to score 196 runs from 278 balls, including 21 fours. His best shot was the reverse sweep. He used to take up boundaries and often force India’s spinners to alter their attack strategy.

Manjrekar felt that because the Three Lions batsman was too reliant on playing on the front foot, he struggled against Indian spinners. The 58-year-old added that the right-hand batter focused on this strategy and that he was successful in his attempts this time.

Ollie Pope: The star for England

Pope’s century in the second innings of the Hyderabad Test, according to Manjrekar, is among the best shows by a visiting team in Indian history. He called the 26-year-old’s knock “one of the finest hundreds that you’d see.”

The main man was Pope, whose 196-run performance in the second innings. He not only put England ahead but also gave them hope that they could defeat India. after the game, Pope gave an interview. Pope discussed his efforts and showed his continued excitement about the incredible comeback. He also described this performance as superior to anything he had ever done.

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