India vs NZ Test: Shubman Gill opened the innings along with Mayank Agarwal in the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday. He played a pleasing knock of 52 runs and set the tone for the middle-order batsmen to capitalize on a good start. Shubman Gill looked set to play a big knock in Kanpur, however, he got out to a ball that came in after pitching. Kyle Jamieson bowled him through the gate after the lunch break.
Former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra isn’t pleased with Gill’s technique as a Test opener. He then also said that Gill has a perfect technique against the spinners.
“Whenever I see him play, he doesn’t look like a Test opener to me. The way he plays inside the line, the outside edge and inside edge are both exposed.”
“But when he plays spin, he is tall and uses his feet well, uses the reach very well, his footwork is impeccable and his defence is also solid. The bat is always in front of the pad.”
Although Gill survived a close leg-before call against Ajaz Patel early in his innings, he was comfortable against spin for the majority of the time he spent in the middle.
Akash Chopra believes that Gill is perfectly suited to play in the middle-order. According to him, his game will come to the fore once he starts playing in the middle order.
“In my opinion, he is a middle-order batter, he has been made to open. He has done well as an opener but his true colour and form will be seen when he bats in the middle order.”
Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill opened the innings for India on the first day of the Kanpur Test between India and New Zealand. The former, unfortunately, got out early as Jamieson got New Zealand the first breakthrough in the 8th over of the innings. Gill, however, kept playing his shots and stitched a valuable 61 runs for the second wicket with Pujara, playing an instrumental role in lifting India to a total of 258 runs.