India vs England 2021: Shubman Gill Made A Wrong Shot Selection - Sunil Gavaskar
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India vs England 2021: Shubman Gill Made A Wrong Shot Selection – Sunil Gavaskar

Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)

Shubman Gill shone brightly in the Australian series hitting 2 fifties and scored a half-century in the second innings of the first Test against England but has been guilty of throwing his wicket away a couple of times in the ongoing 4 Test series against England already.

Young Indian opener Shubman Gill failed to get going yet again as he was dismissed after scoring just 11 on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match against England in Ahmedabad. This is his third straight failure in the series after scoring 0 and 14 in the second Test match at Chennai. He averages only 20.8 in the 5 innings accumulating only 104 runs in England series.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill | BCCI/Getty Australia

Shubman Gill Cracked A Couple Of Beautiful Boundaries But Was Dismissed Soon As He Made A Wrong Shot Selection: Sunil Gavaskar

Shubman Gill survived an early chance on the 1st day as the third umpire ruled out a catch of his taken by England all-rounder Ben Stokes. The youngster survived the new ball in tough situations but failed to make the most of the dropped opportunity as he got out while trying to pull a short delivery from pacer Jofra Archer. The top edge was caught easily by Zak Crawley which brought an end to his 51 ball stay in the middle.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that opener Shubman Gill will be disappointed as he made a wrong shot selection against a bowler of Jofra Archer’s pace.

“He cracked a couple of beautiful boundaries and got out. Wrong shot selection and well his confidence is going to be dented. Sometimes when you have done all the hard work, then you have got to keep doing that again.

“This is not the kind of shot you would hope to get away against a bowler of Jofra Archer’s pace because Archer has got the ability to skid,” Gavaskar said while speaking on the show Cricket Live on host broadcaster Star Sports.

Shubman Gill has shown good potential early in his Test career but his penchant for shot-making has brought about his downfall and the youngster needs to be wary of making repeated mistakes.

Shubman Gill’s 91 Was Instrumental In India’s Victory Against Australia At Gabba

Mayank Agarwal, who had a poor series in Australia, is waiting in the wings and has in the past shown great form while batting on home soil. Mayank Agarwal averaged only 13 amassing 78 runs in 3 Tests in Australia but averages 99.5 in-home having played only 6 innings managing 597 runs with 3 tons including career-best 243.

Young Shubman Gill, who made his Test debut on the recent Australian tour, is yet to score a ton with 91 his highest in Australia. The 21-year-old opener made his Test debut on Boxing Day in the Melbourne Test in 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Mayank Agarwal - GETTY IMAGES
Mayank Agarwal – GETTY IMAGES

Shubman Gill’s brilliant innings of 91 was instrumental in Team India ending Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at the Gabba. In three Tests in Australia, he scored 259 runs at a brilliant average of 51.80 with two half-centuries besides his name.

KL Rahul another contender for the opener’s spot hasn’t played Tests since August 2019 against West Indies but averages 44.25 in 22 innings on home soil. Incidentally, his career-best score of 199 came against England in 2016.

As far as the match is concerned, England managed only 112 with Axar Patel picking 6 wickets while Rohit Sharma was at his fluent best, remaining unbeaten on 57 as India headed to Stumps in a dominant position. Despite losing skipper Virat Kohli in the final over of the day, India managed to score 99 for 3, trailing England’s first-innings total only by 13 runs.