Shubman Gill has been opening the innings for the Indian team for a long time now. However, in the first Test match against the West Indies, he decided to bat at number three on his own. The team management moved him to number three. But he lost his wicket for just 6 runs in the first innings of the match. In this background, questions are being raised on Gill’s decision. Former India cricketer and commentator Akash Chopra also expressed his opinion after Gill was dismissed cheaply.
Akash Chopra said, “Shubman Gill is playing defensive shots with hard hands. This is why he is constantly getting dismissed in this manner in Test cricket. It is not easy for India to bat at number three in Test matches. Shubman Gill also knows this very well. Apart from that, he has been playing as an opener so far. It will take time for him to move to number three. Also he had to wait a long time to bat. Because Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal made a great partnership. Despite all these things, I think Gill’s style can improve.”
“You may remember the Indore Test against Australia. Shubman Gill was dismissed in a similar manner in this match. Even then, Gill tried to play a defensive shot with stiff hands, but lost the wicket. Shubman Gill should work on this shot. Especially while playing Test cricket. However, Gill is an amazing batsman, there is no doubt about that,” concluded Akash Chopra.
Meanwhile, if we consider this match between the two teams as a whole, at the end of the second day, the Indian team is leading by 162 runs. The hosts West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first but their entire team returned to the tent for just 150 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled the opposition cheaply with five wickets. In reply, openers Rohit Sharma (103) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (143*) hit individual centuries to get the team off to a strong start. At the end of the second day, India’s score is 312 for two. Virat Kohli remains on the pitch with 36* runs. (According to Akash Chopra, Shubman Gill can still improve his technique in Test cricket)
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