Not Converting Starts Will Put Shubman Gill Under Pressure, Says VVS Laxman After Opener’s 0 In 4th Test
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Not Converting Starts Will Put Shubman Gill Under Pressure, Says VVS Laxman After Opener’s 0 In 4th Test

Shubman Gill (BCCI)
Shubman Gill (Photo: BCCI)

Former India cricketer-turned-commentator VVS Laxman has said tha young opener Shubman Gill will be under pressure after he was out for a duck in the first over of India’s first innings in the ongoing fourth Test match against England at Ahmedabad. Laxman also pointed out a technical fault in Gill’s batting as well.

Not Converting Starts Will Put Shubman Gill Under Pressure, Says VVS Laxman After Opener’s 0 In 4th Test
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)

James Anderson scalped Shubman Gill’s wicket after setting him up beautifully for LBW. He bowled him two beautiful outswingers and then got one to tail in and got him plumb in front. Though Gill opted for a review, the third umpire sent him packaging after the DRS returned three reds.

Shubman Gill Needs To Work Against The Incoming Deliveries: VVS Laxman

Speaking on the post-match show on Star Sports, VVS Laxman went into details with regards to technical shortcomings that Gill has shown in his short career. Shubman had made his debut at Melbourne against Australia and scored a 50 in SCG and a match-winning 91 in Brisbane Test.

vvs laxman
VVS Laxman. (Photo: Twitter)

However, since then, Gill has looked good in patches with scores of 29, 50, 0, 14, 11, 15*, and 0 in the series against England thus far.

“Definitely (he needs to work against the incoming deliveries) especially on a wicket like this which is a flat one compared to the previous pitches in Chennai and Ahmedabad. He’s got little bit of a technical issue. You can see his head is falling over, his right leg is coming across just to overcompensate,” Laxman said in the post-match show on Star Sports.

Shubman Gill Will Be Under Pressure With Mayank And KL Rahul Waiting In Line: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman further mentioned that though Shubman Gill is massively talented, if he doesn’t score runs in the next innings, he will be under pressure given that the reserve openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal waiting in the wings to grab their chance.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. Image-AP.

“I just felt once he got starts, he did not convert them into big scores and now the pressure will be on him, you also have to remember you’ve got KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal waiting for their opportunities,” Laxman added.

India bowled out England for 205 on Day 1 with Axar Patel grabbing 4 wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3. India ended day one on 24/1 with Rohit Sharma on 8* and Cheteshwar Pujara on 15*.

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