Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has said that Shubman Gill needs to work on his few technical issues in the batting going forward in Test cricket. Jaffer advised him to tweak his feet movements.
Shubman Gill was looking solid during the first day of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand. He scored a well-compiled fifty before getting out to Kyle Jamieson. He was trapped in front of the wickets by Tim Southee as well but he had nicked the ball and the DRS had saved him.
Wasim Jaffer, former opener himself, mentioned that Gill tends to hang back against the full balls.
“He needs to be ready for the fuller balls. He goes deep in his crease and likes to play the backfoot shots. But he opens the batting in IPL [for Kolkata Knight Riders]; opens the batting in white-ball cricket, and all the junior cricket he has played has also been at the top order, so if he wants to play in the middle order, it [playing the fuller balls] is something he needs to work on and get better at. Because that is the length international bowlers will bowl,” Jaffer told ESPNcrincinfo on being asked about the technical changes required to bat in the middle order.
“[On his trigger movement] He does go very deep into the crease in his and plays it from there, but it’s all about getting his head forward to the ball. Sometimes he just hangs back a bit even to the fuller balls and then throws his bat at the ball. That is something he does not need to do,” Jaffer added.
Recalling Gill’s dismissal from the previous series against Australia and England, Jaffer said: “He did get out to Mitchell Starc in Australia, and to James Anderson in the England series. So, he needs to get his head forwards towards the ball, and get his back leg coming forward rather than hanging [it] back.”
India finished the opening day in Kanpur at 258/4 with Shreyas Iyer (75) and Ravindra Jadeja (50) batting in the middle.