Mohammad Kaif has said that Shubman Gill must accomplish his starts count or else he will find it difficult to keep his place in India’s playing XI once Rohit Sharma is back in the mix.
Gill was laid off for 20 in India’s first innings of the primary Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram on Wednesday, December 14. The Men in Blue finished the day at 278/6, a superb recovery after being 48/3 at one stage.
During a conversation on Sony Sports, Kaif was asked about Gill being dismissed once again after getting off to a beginning, to which he replied:
“You were set and you are opening. You will find it difficult to get a place once Rohit Sharma comes back. He has not scored a single century. He has played 22 innings. He has the highest score of 91, he has reached there but not scored a century.”
The former Indian cricketer added that Gill needs to take the blame for his dismissal, different from Virat Kohli. He clarified:
“As an opener, you want that once you are set, when you reach 20 or 30, you play a big knock. Virat Kohli got out at the start. We are saying it’s okay because he couldn’t judge the line but Shubman Gill was set and had played a lot of deliveries.
Shubman Gill in Tests:
— rajdeep das (@rajdeepcric) December 14, 2022
Gill performed 40 deliveries and struck 3 boundaries before his dismissal. He tried to perform a cheeky paddle sweep off Taijul Islam’s bowling, only to get a top end. The youngster was caught by Yasir Ali, who ran from first slip to leg slip to take the offering.
“He is in really good form” – Mohammad Kaif on Shubman Gill
Kaif emphasized that Gill has showcased his potential with his excellent performances in first-class and ODI cricket, expand:
“Shubman Gill is a good player. He has an exceptional record if we talk about first-class cricket, he has an average of 50, and scores a lot of runs. He is in very good form as well and came here after consistently scoring runs in ODIs.”
“He is an attacking batter and does not like to play dot balls. He tries to invent a new shot when you bowl dot balls. The modern player the lap shot he performed but he will have to get perfection in his shots once he gets set. Overall, the runs are less if we see his track record in Test cricket.”
Shubman Gill averages 30 in 22 inns in Tests, a total of 599 runs without a century. However, his first-class average is whopping 54 and India will continue to back their talent. Interestingly, VVS Laxman had 543 in his first 22 inns at an average of 27 and no hundreds. #BANvIND
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) December 14, 2022
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