Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has shared that while Shubman Gill is a talented batter, his game is more suited to white-ball cricket on flat tracks as well. He urged Gill to work on his footwork and improve his skills in the red ball format. The talented batter, Shubman Gill has a stunning record in one-day cricket. In 44 matches, he has smashed 2,271 runs which came at an average of 61.37 and a strike rate of 103.46, with six tons and 13 fifties. However, he averages only 29.52 from 21 Test matches as well.
In an interview with Timesofindia.com, Kaif said, “Shubman Gill is a very talented batsman, no doubt about that, but his game is of white-ball cricket and flat wickets which we get in limited overs internationals. But in Test cricket, you won’t get flat wickets, the ball will bounce, the ball will turn, so Gill has to work on his footwork and I am sure that he will make the necessary adjustments and will score runs again.”
While speaking about Team India’s batting performance against England in the first Test in Hyderabad, Mohammad Kaif said that the set batters did not convert fifties into hundreds and that is affecting the team. He cited Team India batters, Yashasvi Jaiswal, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who got into the 80s in the first innings but failed to score a hundred.
“Most of the Indian batsmen got off to good starts in the first innings but for the temperament of Test cricket, you have to stay at the wicket and play according to the situation. I am sure head coach Rahul Dravid would have spoken to them about that,” Mohammad Kaif concluded.