VVS Laxman opined on opener Shubman Gill’s technique before the England Tests. The former Indian Test specialist batsman feels Shubman Gill needs to rectify few glaring issues before the five-match Test series against hosts England starts.
Shubman Gill is India’s future undoubtedly. The youngster made a promising start to his Test career debuting during India’s memorable 2-1 Test series win over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21 Down Under. The right-hander was among the top 4 run-getters from Team India in the grueling Test series which was won by India versus the Aussies in their own backyard.
VVS Laxman: Shubman Gill Needs To Address Foot Movement Against Incoming Deliveries Which Will Be Tested By Stuart Broad And James Anderson
Despite Shubman Gill starting the England home Test series with a 50 as well, it has all gone downhill for him since then. Although he has scored 414 runs in 8 Tests averaging 31.85 in his Test career, his last few innings score read: 0, 14, 11, 15*, 0, 28, and 8.
Former Indian opener-turned-commentator Sunil Gavaskar has often pointed out that the pressure of expectations is showing on the 21-year-old and he will take time to get going consistently, while India’s former Test specialist VVS Laxman feels Shubman Gill needs to work and rectify few glaring issues in his batting before the England Tests.
Shubman Gill’s tendency to fall over to straight deliveries was exposed during the WTC final as well, where he was clueless versus Tim Southee’s incoming deliveries and couldn’t produce any significant performance as such.
Thus, VVS Laxman told on Star Sports, “This is something (Foot movement against incoming deliveries) Shubman Gill requires to address, especially keeping in mind the England series in which Stuart Broad and James Anderson will test the right-hander with the ball coming in.”
Stuart Broad and James Anderson will once again be India’s biggest nemesis in the forthcoming five-match Test series in the challenging English conditions. Shubman Gill scored 36 runs (28 and 8) in the historic match.
Gagan Khoda said that Shubman Gill should bat in the middle-order as he is more like VVS Laxman. He also suggested that India should have opted to open with Mayank Agarwal in the WTC final. The former Indian selector Gagan Khoda had stated that Shubman Gill isn’t an opener and should bat in the middle-order.
Shubman Gill’s Place Challenged By Mayank Agarwal And KL Rahul
Hence, Shubman Gill will have a litmus test ahead of him and will have to work on his body balance, footwork and be sure of his off-stump to come up with much-needed runs, with teammates Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul breathing down his neck for the second opener’s slot.
In the India-England Test series to be held in the United Kingdom, the first Test starts from August 4-8 in Trent Bridge, which will be followed by the second Test at Lord’s from August 12-16 whereas the third and fourth Test will be at Headingley, Leeds, and Kennington Oval, London from August 25-29 and September 02-06, respectively. The fifth and final Test will begin from September 10-14, at Old Trafford, Manchester.In three Tests in Australia, Shubman Gill scored 259 runs at a brilliant average of 51.80 with two half-centuries besides his name. Shubman Gill’s brilliant innings of 91 were instrumental in Team India ending Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at the Gabba, Brisbane.