IPL 2022: Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes that Shubman Gill can get back to contention for India’s white-ball side if he scores 500-600 runs in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League.
Shubham Gill scored a fantastic 86 runs against Delhi Capitals and helped his team post a competitive 170 on the board.
Gill played with a better strike rate than he has in the past. Gill has an IPL SR of 123 which has been criticised in the past. Gill had himself mentioned in the past that SR doesn’t matter to him.
Shubman Gill Can Comeback To The Indian White Ball Team: Wasim Jaffer
Shubman Gill has been part of the Indian test side recently. He has been one of the openers who is always in contention for a spot in the XI if he is fully fit. Gill showed his potential in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-2021 where he scored 93 runs in the final Test at the Gabba and helped India breach Australia’s fortress.
Gill, though, has not been able to have much impact otherwise as he has struggled for runs.
Wasim Jaffer on Gill’s batting said: “He just needs to develop his power game a little bit. I think this IPL has a lot more important for him because he is not currently on the radar for white-ball cricket. 500-600 runs in this IPL will bring him into contention. He played according to the wicket. Once it settled down a little bit, it started coming onto his bat nicely. I think he likes pace on the ball.
There wasn’t much spin, he was hitting it through the line and he is a class batter anyway. He is not somebody who is scared of hitting the ball in the air. We have seen that in Test cricket as well, he has taken on the bowlers. It is just about the power game in the death overs which he needs to develop. He is a very fine player.”
Gill showed why he is rated highly by everyone by the way he played Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel. “He played Kuldeep Yadav really well. Anything that was pitched up, he went straight and chose the right option. Very happy to see him do well, I think he has got it in him to play all three formats,” Jaffer said on ESPNCricinfo.
Gill would hope to continue batting like this in the upcoming matches for his new franchise.