Former India player turned commentator Pragyan Ojha has questioned Shubman Gill’s shot selection that led to his dismissal in India’s first innings of the second Test against England. However, Gill managed to score a 46-ball 34 and nicked James Anderson to Ben Foakes behind the wickets and India ended Day 1 in Visakhapatnam on Friday (February 2) at 336/6 as well.
During a discussion on Colors Cineplex, Ojha explained: “I feel he would be extremely disappointed because he got a start and couldn’t convert it into a big score. The ball he played, you probably don’t see people playing like that in Test cricket. His footwork was going fine, he was reading the game well and was getting singles as well. It’s not that he wasn’t able to rotate. It might be the pressure he would have been feeling while coming into the game because you know once Virat (Kohli) comes and KL (Rahul) becomes available, the attention will go towards them.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli opted out of the first two Tests for personal reasons. On the other hand, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja also were ruled out of the second Test due to injuries. And, Parthiv Patel also shared his views on Shubman Gill.
“It was a different type of start for sure. In the last Test match, he allowed the bowlers to bowl at one spot. Here, he had an advantage for sure because he got an off-spinner in front of him. So you get a start as a right-handed batter as you use your feet,” he said. “The better part was that he batted well against (Tom) Hartley as well. We saw strike rotation and positivity in footwork. He was slightly lucky against Anderson for sure but his mindset was positive. I feel he would be disappointed for sure because he had scored 30 runs.”