IND vs AUS: “There Are Many Similarities” – Dinesh Karthik Compares Shubman Gill’s Technique With Sachin Tendulkar

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Recent comparisons between opening batter Shubman Gill and Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar’s styles were made by Dinesh Karthik.

The wicketkeeper-batter told Cricbuzz that Shubman Gill often maintains a towering posture at the wicket, much like Tendulkar once did. He noted that in addition to staying on top of the ball, Gill has made good use of his rapid bat speed.

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Shubman Gill’s Bat Speed Makes Him Really Special: Dinesh Karthik

Karthik contrasted the two right-handed hitters by saying:

“There are many similarities, technically. You know, the positions they get into, tall batters. Sachin Tendulkar is not tall, but he stands tall at the crease and is always on top of the ball. Shubman Gill is very similar, high hands, and he has this trigger movement where he goes back and across and waits for it.

“That’s why you see sometimes he might inside edge it because of the way his bat swing is. But there’s slightly less movement on flat tracks. The speed at which he brings the bat down is what makes him really special.”

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During India’s first innings in the fourth Test match between India and Australia currently taking place in Ahmedabad, Shubman Gill displayed outstanding batting prowess. Fans praised the young player for his outstanding 128-run performance on Day 3.

Dinesh Karthik went on to say that Shumban Gill plays the square cut differently from players like Virender Sehwag and Kumar Sangakkara.

He emphasised how Sehwag and Sangakkara used to play the specific stroke into the gully area, but Gill’s shot is more of a short-arm jab that travels in front of the backward point.

“Generally, when you see good cutters of the ball, they’ll always cut behind square,” Karthik added. “You see Kumar Sangakkaras, Virender Sehwags, they’ll perplex you between the left and right of the gully and they have such a great range.

“This is a different sort of a square cut where it’s a short-arm jab. It hits in front and the sound is just so crisp, it’s a beautiful feeling when you play that shot.”

The first two Tests of the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy series did not include Shubman Gill. KL Rahul was replaced by the 23-year-old in the starting Lineup for the third Test. Although not scoring significantly during the match, he recovered by scoring an incredible century in the pivotal fourth and final game.

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