Team India have tried quite a few openers in the longer format. While many failed to seal the place it was young Shubman Gill who showed the capabilities to concrete the place during their tour to Australia. He had a stunning series there where he smashed 259 runs in 6 innings at an average of 51.80.
Moreover, his stable 91 on the final day of the Brisbane Test played an important role for India in their convincing win at the Gabba as well. His stunning show gave him another chance against the England series at home and everyone hoped to see his swashbuckling scores once again.
But things didn’t go as per the plan as the youngster failed to score big and was seen struggling in the middle to get runs on the board as well. Shubman Gill scored a half century in the 2nd innings of the first Test, but since then, he managed the figures of 0, 14, 11, 15*, and 0. On Thursday, he was out for a duck off the veteran pacer James Anderson.
But, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that Shubman Gill is just going through a “bad patch” and he might be feeling the weight of the expectations in the big stage as well.
“It’s just a bad patch that anybody can go through. Expectations after the Australia tour were sky high, maybe he’s feeling the pressure of those expectations,” Sunil Gavaskar said to India Today. “Also he needs to play a bit straight at the start of the innings, he is playing across the line at the moment which is getting him into trouble.”
“Indian spinners and bowlers have bowled really well. England players have not shown the application, determination required to fight it out despite the fact that the odd ball was turning. They were playing down the wrong line, they came in with lot of preconceived ideas,” he again shared.
“Sometimes there can be a lot of theory talk in the change room, but at the end of the day that theory has to be separated from the practical – which is how you play each ball on its merit. I don’t think the England batsmen did that and that’s why they find themselves in this position. If they had even got to 250-60 I think they would have got to a good position,” Gavaskar concluded.