Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that he doesn’t see Shubman Gill getting dropped from India’s ODI World Cup squad even if he failed to score now. Gill failed to leave a mark since his outstanding run with the bat in IPL 2023. He has struggled across formats in the ongoing tour of the West Indies and could only manage 16 runs in his three T20I innings.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “God forbid, if he doesn’t score runs, it will be a slight problem for sure. You are not going to drop him from the World Cup team. The World Cup starts on October 5 and you will have to announce your team by September 5, you need to do it a month before, and you might have to announce your final squad by the 15th, there has to be a deadline. So he is going to be a part of the Asia Cup team. If he doesn’t score runs and the form continues to be bad, you will play him in the Australia ODIs and try your best that Shubman Gill is definitely there in the 15 if not the XI.”
However, Aakash Chopra doesn’t see a question mark in his place for the upcoming World Cup squad unless there is an injury. He also added that Ishan Kishan could play before him in the XI if Gill is in extremely poor form. And, he is virtually sure that Shubman Gill will regain his ODI form soon as well.
“I am almost convinced that Shubman Gill’s form is not going to remain like this, it will improve. It is the best format for the top-order batters because you get to bat the entire 50 overs. The ball doesn’t swing even half an inch, there is no chance at all of that happening after the first two overs and you have a lot of time. So if you have the temperament to play long innings, which almost all top-order batters have and that is why they get that place, runs are scored,” Aakash Chopra concluded.