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“He needs to do something about his defense” – Sanjay Manjrekar on Shubman Gill
By SMCS - Feb 2, 2024 7:40 am
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Former cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wants under-fire Shubman Gill to work on his foot movements amid his poor form with the bat in Test cricket during the ongoing Test series between India and England. The veteran also added that Gill has struggled against both pace and spin in the red-ball cricket. However, Manjrekar said this as Gill has failed to score a fifty in his last 10 innings. He scored 23 and a duck, respectively, in the first Test against England in Hyderabad, which India lost by 28 runs.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill failed to capitalize on his start

He told ESPNCricinfo: “Shubman Gill, how does he react to his failures? He needs to do something about his defense if he wants to be the prolific run-getter in the team at the Test level, both against swing and spin. That’s a cause for worry and that’s something that won’t be solved easily. These are uncontrollable for the team management, and the selectors.”

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However, Sanjay Manjrekar also opined on the flaws in under-fire Shreyas Iyer’s batting before the second Test against England. He again said that Iyer tries to take the aerial route, unlike England players, who tried to play reverse sweeps as well. Manjrekar said as Iyer too, has failed to score a fifty in his last 10 innings in Test cricket as well.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer was criticized for his dismissal

Sanjay Manjrekar said (via ESPNCricinfo): “Shreyas Iyer seems to want to play the modern way, which is about hitting the way out of trouble, so be it. We saw the English batters take a safer approach to be aggressive. He’s got to find one because just lofting balls down the pitch or towards mid-wicket is a lot more risky than playing the reverse sweeps and the switch reverse sweeps. Those are things that need to be worked on. That will be the team management will be wary of and concerned about and so am I.”