Emerging India opener Shubman Gill opined on the big talks about strike-rate in T20 cricket. He felt that adapting to different situations without having a fixed batting style is the biggest strength for a batsman.
Shubman Gill was one of the best performers against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, as he made a solid Test debut in Melbourne and then smashed half-centuries in Sydney and Brisbane, with his 91 at Gabba, helped India chase down a tough target, with Rishabh Pant providing the fireworks on the platform laid down by Gill’s knock.
Gill will now be seen for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the upcoming IPL 2021 edition, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening contest on April 11.
Strike Rate Is Kind Of Overrated. It’s About How You Adapt To A Certain Situation: Shubman Gill
While Shubman Gill has done amazingly well in the Test format, he is still not in consideration for the white-ball formats for India, given his poor strike rate, when compared to modern standards. In 3 ODIs, Gill has scored 49 runs at a strike rate of 69.01. While in his List-A career, Gill has made 2313 runs in 58 matches with a strike rate of 88.21.
“I think strike-rate is kind of overrated. It’s all about how you adapt to a certain situation. If the team demands you to play with a strike rate of 200 you should be able to do it. If the team demands you to play at a strike rate of 100, you should be able to do it. It’s just about adapting to the match situation,” Kolkata Knight Riders star batsman told PTI in an interview ahead of the upcoming IPL.
“There shouldn’t be a certain pattern to your game where you are only able to play one kind of game and not being able to adapt to different situations,” he added.
While he prefers the role of opening the innings, Shubman Gill said that he was ready to bat wherever captain Eoin Morgan wanted him to bat and he was up for anything.
The IPL 2021 begins on April 9 onwards and will be played across six cities in India- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the playoffs and the final of the IPL 2021 on May 30.