Indian opener Shubhman Gill enjoyed a good time in Test cricket when he made his debut in Australia during Boxing-day Test. He scored 91 runs in India’s historic win at Gabba. However, he has been struggling against moving ball of late. He failed to make an impact against England in the home series and in the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand.
Despite batting well in the first innings of the WTC final, Gill didn’t look comfortable in the second innings against Tim Southee’s inswinger. Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman wants Gill to address this issue before the England Test series in August..
“This is something (Foot movement against incoming deliveries) Shubman Gill requires to address, especially keeping in mind the England series in which Stuart Broad and James Anderson will test the right-hander with the ball coming in,” Laxman said on Star Sports.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are waiting in wings to be slotted in as opener at any given opportunity.
Ever since that second innings 91 at the Gabba, Gill has registered scores of 29, 50, 0, 14, 11, 15*, 0, 28 and 8 in his last five Tests.
Former Indian selector Gagan Khoda feels it can be a good option to send Gill down the batting order and bring Mayank Agarwal in to open along with Rohit Sharma.
“It was not meant to be like this. Shubman Gill isn’t an opener. He is like VVS Laxman, he should bat in the middle-order. India should have picked Mayank Agarwal, who had only two bad Test matches. Even Prithvi Shaw was shown the door after just one failure in Australia,” Khoda told Sportskeeda.
India will play five Test matches against England starting from August 4 in Nottingham. India last won a Test series in England back in 2007 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy.