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Aakash Chopra opines on Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer’s poor run on Day 1 of 2nd IND vs ENG Test
By SMCS - Feb 3, 2024 10:00 am
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Veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer’s place in India’s Test side could be in danger if they don’t play good knocks in the second innings of the ongoing second Test against England. India put up 336/6 in their first innings at Stumps on Day 1 in Visakhapatnam on Friday, February 2. Gill and Iyer scored 34 and 27 runs respectively, with Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring an unbeaten 179.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill failed to capitalize on his start

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Time is running out very fast for Gill and Iyer. They have one more knock and I really hope that they score runs because if their next knocks don’t go good, the problems will become grave for both of them. Shubman Gill got a start. He played slightly aggressively at the start for sure but after that, he got three edges in James Anderson’s two overs. The third edge carried to the keeper as well and he got out. He wasted a good start. 34 runs is not going to be enough.”

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However, Shubman Gill edged Anderson for boundaries off the last ball of the 27th over and the first delivery of the 29th over as well. He got another edge off the fifth ball of the 29th over and Ben Foakes grabbed the catch behind the wickets. And, Aakash Chopra wasn’t convinced with Shreyas Iyer’s footwork against James Anderson as well.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer was criticized for his dismissal

“Shreyas Iyer also gave a disappointing performance. The way he was moving around wasn’t giving much confidence. You generally don’t move around like that against a fast bowler in Test cricket. He was moving a lot even though there wasn’t much pace in the short balls and eventually he got out. You can say the ball stayed a little low and that he was slightly unlucky, but he was not stable on the crease,” Aakash
Chopra concluded.