Ravi Shastri warns Shubman Gill after failure in 2nd test match India vs England
Ind vs Eng: The struggle of Shubman Gill with batting continued into the second Test against England in Vizag, prompting former player Ravi Shastri to caution the young cricketer that Cheteshwar Pujara stands ready to take his place.
Shubman Gill has faced difficulties since the ICC World Cup 2023. In the first Hyderabad Test, he managed only 23 and 0 in two innings. In the subsequent match, he scored 34 runs from 46 balls before James Anderson dismissed him.
Questions have arisen about the wisdom of moving Shubman Gill to the number 3 batting position.
Following another rash shot, Ravi Shastri suggested Shubman Gill must improve to maintain his position in the team. Without mentioning him by name, Shastri highlighted Pujara’s impressive performances in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.
“Newcomers must prove themselves in the Indian team. Remember, Pujara is excelling in the Ranji Trophy and remains in contention,” Shastri remarked during the second Test commentary.
Shastri emphasized the importance of building innings, especially in crucial matches like those against England. He also underscored Pujara’s experience in Indian conditions.
“Test matches demand prolonged stays at the crease. Avoid playing aggressively against bowlers like James Anderson,” Shastri advised.
According to Shastri, Gill faces challenges at number 3 and must exhibit patience to succeed at this level. Pujara, playing for Saurashtra, has shown remarkable form, recently crossing 7000 runs for the team.
With Shubman Gill struggling, Kevin Pietersen makes a significant Jacques Kallis comparison.
On Day 1 of the second Test between India and England in Visakhapatnam, Shubman Gill once again faced disappointment with the bat; drawing scrutiny from cricket pundits. Gill’s innings ended at 34 runs off 46 balls when he chased a wide delivery from James Anderson, resulting in an edge caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. This marked Gill’s fifth dismissal by Anderson in seven innings.
Despite the underwhelming performance of Shubman Gill, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has come to his defense, urging experts to be patient with the 24-year-old; whom he believes possesses immense talent. Pietersen cited the example of legendary South African cricketer Jacques Kallis, who averaged 22 with the bat after his first 10 Tests but went on to become one of the finest players inside the records of the game.
“Kallis averaged 22 in his first 10 Tests and turned out to be arguably the greatest player to play the game. Give @ShubmanGill time to find it please. He’s a serious player!,” Pietersen expressed on his X account.
Despite Gill’s recent struggle to score half-centuries in Tests, with his last fifty-plus innings recorded against Australia in Ahmedabad in March 2023, his initial Test performances were promising. During the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, Gill impressed with 259 runs from six innings at an average of 60.65.
Notably, his courageous 91-run knock on Day 5 of the historic Gabba Test played a pivotal role in ending Australia’s 32-year dominance at the venue. However, since his debut series, Gill has been unable to maintain the same level of performance; accumulating just 838 runs from 34 innings at an average of 26.18, with two fifties and two hundreds.
Rohit Sharma Says Shubman Gill Prefers to Bat at Number 3
Rohit Sharma revealed at the pre-match press conference of the South Africa vs India Test series that he disliked having to bat at number three. And skipper Rohit Sharma also revealed Gill’s preferred batting position.
Can Shubman Gill be successful in Test Cricket at No. 3?
In Test cricket, Shubman Gill has been through a difficult phase of form since moving up to the No. 3 spot. Shubman Gill has been under attention for his performance during the 1st test & day 1 of the 2nd test match between India vs England Test series in Hyderabad. And has failed to score a half-century in his last ten innings.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar criticized Shubman’s technique and stated that if the hitter wants to regularly score runs in Test matches, he must improve his defense.
If Shubman Gill wants to lead the team in runs scored during Test matches; he must improve his defense against both swing and spin, according to Manjrekar on ESPNcricinfo.