Aakash Chopra Challenges Gill To Conquer SENA For Indian Cricket Crown
By CricShots - Dec 29, 2023 2:13 pm
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Shubman Gill, touted as the future king of Indian cricket, faces a crucial test of his crown jewels in the upcoming second Test against South Africa. His underwhelming performance in Centurion, culminating in a two-run dismissal in the first innings, has reignited concerns about his record in overseas Tests, particularly in SENA countries.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

Aakash Chopra, former Indian cricketer and renowned commentator, raised the alarm on his YouTube channel, dissecting India’s demoralizing defeat. He pointed out the stark disparity in Gill’s batting average: 39.25 in Asia compared to a paltry 25.43 in SENA countries. In just seven overseas Tests, his highest score stands at a modest 91, hardly the mark of a king in waiting.

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“For the Prince to become King,” Aakash Chopra declared, “he has to walk the tight rope and improve his numbers in SENA countries. There is a lot of difference in his numbers in Asia and in SENA countries. Of course, a very young career, but you have to conquer SENA to become the King.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra

Gill’s recent form further underscores Chopra’s concerns. In the second innings at Centurion, a fleeting partnership with Virat Kohli offered a glimmer of hope before he departed for 26. This follows a string of low scores in the West Indies and beyond, raising questions about his ability to translate his white-ball dominance into Test match grit.

The pressure on Gill intensifies with India facing a 1-0 deficit in the series. He has been entrusted with the crucial No. 3 position, a role demanding consistency and impact. The upcoming Cape Town Test presents a golden opportunity for him to silence his critics and prove his mettle on foreign soil.

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The “Prince” of Indian cricket stands at a crossroads. Can he conquer his SENA demons and ascend to the throne, or will his overseas struggles continue to cast a shadow on his potential? The second Test will be a defining chapter in his young career, offering a glimpse into whether he truly possesses the regal temperament to become the king of Indian batting.