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“You can’t play every ball on your own terms” – Salman Butt on Shubman Gill
By SMCS - Jan 16, 2024 11:25 am
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Talented Team India opener Shubman Gill has been under the scanner after a string of poor performances in T20 cricket. He was also dropped from the playing XI for the recently concluded second T20I against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said that Gill needs to change his approach. He also added how the youngster has often thrown away his wicket after starting well.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill was dismissed after a brilliant catch

Saying that Gill should focus on batting for long, Butt said in his latest YouTube video: “I think Shubman Gill has done an injustice to his talent in the last few games. He is too good a player and has too much skill for the kind of hurry that he has been showing. He scores 20-odd and then plays a loose shot. This is what he wasn’t doing when he had a successful year. He just needs to bat and bat without doing anything special. He needs to realise that even if you are the best batter in the world, you can’t play every ball on your own terms. You have to react to the ball instead of dictating it.”

However, Shubman Gill was dismissed for 23 runs off 12 balls in the first T20I against Afghanistan as well. He performed poorly in the T20I series against South Africa as well, registering scores of 0 and 8 only. Meanwhile, Salman Butt was impressed with Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh’s recent bowling show. He said that that left-arm seamer has been bowling quite similar to how Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi does when he is in form.

Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh

“Arshdeep Singh was impressive with the new ball. A good thing about him is that he tries to swing the new ball instead of looking to bowl fast, similar to what Shaheen Afridi used to do when he was successful. Arshdeep is capable of swinging the ball both ways,” Salman Butt concluded.