IND vs WI: "His Selection Is Not Based On Performance But Favouritism" - Venkatesh Prasad Takes A Dig At Shubman Gill

Updated - 16 Jul 2023, 05:00 PM

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Shubman GIll (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad criticized young opener Shubman Gill for his poor performance in the First Test match against the West Indies in Dominica. Venkatesh Prasad pointed out Shubman Gill’s struggles in away matches outside of Asia in the longer format of the game.

Shubman Gill, who batted at the No. 3 position, could only manage to score six runs in India’s innings and 141-run victory over the West Indies in the series opener. The right-handed batter scored 13 and 18 runs in the two innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia last month.

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His Performances Have Been Well Below Par – Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad took to Twitter to share his views on Shubman Gill’s performance in red-ball cricket and highlighted that his stats in Test cricket were ordinary despite having played 30 innings.

“I have a lot of regard for Shubhman Gill’s talent and ability, but sadly his performances have been well below par. A test average of 30 after 30 Innings in international cricket is ordinary. Can’t think of many who have been given so many chances,” Venkatesh Prasad tweeted.

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Has Been Consistently Inconsistent – Venkatesh Prasad

The 53-year-old raised questions about Shubman Gill’s place in the squad, suggesting that there are other deserving players waiting for an opportunity. Prasad believes that Gill’s selection was based on favouritism rather than his skill and performance.

“When there are so many waiting in the wings & in top form. Shaw is in sublime form , Sharfaraz has been scoring tons in FC cricket and many who deserve a chance ahead of Gill. Some are just lucky to be given chances endlessly till they succeed while some aren’t allowed to,” he added.

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“Gill’s selection is not based on performance but favouritism. Has been Consistently inconsistent. One of the reasons why many ex-cricketers aren’t vocal despite seeing such favouritism..,” he further stated.

The 23-year-old managed to score 353 runs in seven Test matches outside Asia. The opener had a below-par average of 29.41. He scored only 84 runs in his last seven innings, with a best score of just 28.

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