When he played his first red ball match after his injury, which excluded him from the England Tests, Shubman Gill scored a fine half-century against New Zealand on Day 1 of the first Test in Kanpur on Thursday.
The 22-year-old scored 52 of 93 balls and got an important partnership with senior player Cheteshwar Pujara to see India through the first session.
Former India Test opener Aakash Chopra, however, feels that Gill does not possess the necessary technique to open the inning and instead look for other options that may suit his abilities.
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Chopra made the comments as he spoke further Star sports, where he pointed out the flaw in Gill’s technique despite his 52-run inning.
“When I see him play, he does not look like a test opening to me. The way he plays inside the line, both the outer edge and the inner edge are revealed.”
However, Chopra suggested that the dough could come a little lower down the order as his technique is almost perfect against the spinners.
“But when he plays spin, he is tall and uses his feet well, uses range very well, his footwork is impeccable and his defense is also solid. The bat is always in front of the pillow,” the former test player added.
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Chopra further stated that Gills’ “true color” can be seen if he comes in the middle order.
“In my opinion, he’s a middle-order dough, he’s been made to open. He’s done well as an opener, but his true color and shape will be visible when he strikes in the middle order.”
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer, who made his Test debut, rose to the occasion, scoring 75 of 136 balls to help India stack 258/4 before the end of the game. The 26-year-old found great support from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who also completed her half-century and now has to lead India’s attack alongside Iyer on day 2.