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Shubman Gill failed to impress in the Test series against SA, suggests Sunil Gavaskar – Magazine Creations

With the Indian cricket team receiving a massive innings and 32-run defeat to South Africa in the first Test of the two-match series in Centurion earlier, former cricketers and pundits have raised questions about the opening batting line-up.

Playing in the second innings, India collapsed for just 131 after the Proteas posted a massive score of 408 runs in reply to the visitors’ 245.

Not only did skipper Rohit Sharma fail to make an impact on his return to India (5 and 0 in two innings), but even youngster Shubman Gill – who batted at number three – struggled to put up a big outing in the first Test. He hit two and 26 at SuperSport Park and fell to Pacers’ Nandre Burger and Marco Jansen in the first and second rounds respectively. Gill’s average in the Test format is a dismal 31.06 in 19 matches.

Not liking Gill’s batting, legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar advised Gill to consider the different needs of Test cricket compared to white-ball formats.

Read also: ‘It could have been a different story’: Sunil Gavaskar on Ajinkya Rahane factor as IND struggles against SA in first Test

“I think he bowls very aggressively in Test cricket. There is a slight difference when you play Test cricket compared to T20I and ODI cricket. The difference is in the ball,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.

“The red ball moves a little more than the white ball in the air and off the pitch as well. It bounces a little more as well. He should keep that in mind,” Gavaskar added.

Looking at Gill’s performance in 2023, he has done well in the limited overs and has managed to score just over fifty scores in the traditional format in 10 innings in 2023, and a hundred against Australia at home in March.

His other nine matches produced scores of 21, 5, 13, 18, 6, 10, 29 not out, 2, 26.

But Gavaskar was hopeful that Gill would find his group sooner rather than later.

“Shubman Gill has started his career very well and we have praised his shots. We can only hope that he returns to his form. We hope that he will train harder and perform well in the future,” Gavaskar said.

Analyzing Gill’s dismissal in the second over by Janssen, Gavaskar said via Sportskeeda, “The length was very good, it was a fuller length, but maybe Shubman Gill made just one mistake. He wouldn’t have been in trouble if he had tried to play.” Towards the middle. He was going to get an inside edge. “He tried to play towards mid-wicket.”

India will now aim to square the series in the second and final Test against South Africa in Cape Town, starting January 3.

With agency input.

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Published: 31 December 2023 01:04 PM IST

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