Sunil Gavaskar criticises Shubman Gill for throwing away his wicket in India’s 1st Test against England.


After putting in so much effort on Day 2, Shubman Gill squandered his wicket with a weak shot, and Sunil Gavaskar criticises Shubman Gill  harshly.

Sunil Gavaskar criticises Shubman Gill
India’s Shubman Gill walks off the ground after being dismissed during the second day of the first test match between India and England (PTI)

 

Sunil Gavaskar did not mince words when he chastised India batsman Shubman Gill for the way he was dismissed in the first Test against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday. Gill threw away his wicket after putting in a lot of effort to bat until stumps on the first day and surviving the challenging first hour of Day 2. He also provided the first Test wicket for England’s debutant spinner Tom Hartley.

In the sixth ball of the 35th over, Hartley threw one over Gill’s pads. The right-hander delivered a wispy slap that was neither an attempt to go over the top nor a credible manner of turning the strike over. The outcome was inevitable. He was caught at midwicket. Gill gifted his wicket to England after playing 66 balls and scoring 23 runs at the slowest strike rate of any hitter who has scored more than 20 runs in this Test.

“What kind of shot did he intend to play? One may understand if he intended to play it in the air, but it was simply a poorly executed on-drive. “He did all the hard work and then played a shot like that,” Gavaskar stated in his commentary.

In his relatively short Test career, this has gradually become a major issue for Gill. Apart from a couple of half-centuries, including a remarkable 91 in Brisbane, and two centuries against Bangladesh and Australia, Gill hasn’t had much success in this format. The most disappointing aspect has been his tendency to waste opportunities.

In his 37 innings, Gill has topped the 25-run mark ten times without hitting a half-century. That is concerning for a talented batter like him. And, as on Friday, he frequently causes his own collapse. Even during India’s most recent series in South Africa, Gill missed a straight delivery from Marco Jansen after scoring 26 in the second innings in Centurion. After scoring 36 in the next Test, he couldn’t resist throwing his hands up at a Nandre Burger delivery.

Gill seemed to be struggling the most with getting through his 20s and 30s right now. The most obvious proof is a Test average of 20 after 20 matches.

Returning to the India-England match, India resumed the day at 119/1 and finished the first session at 222/3. With a powerful 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket, KL Rahul (55*) and Shreyas Iyer (34*) kept India in the lead in the series opener. The hosts now need only 24 runs to equal England’s first-innings total of 246.

England got off to a fantastic start on Day 2, taking the big wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal (80) with the second ball of the day. Gill’s wicket came at the ideal time, but Rahul and Iyer have ensured there are no more setbacks. Rahul, in particular, was excellent against the spinners, moving the strike at will.

England’s skipper, Ben Stokes, used several questionable techniques. He continued to bowl Hartley from one end despite the left-arm spinner surrendering runs and not providing enough opportunities.

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