Former India National Cricket Team player Ajay Jadeja is disappointed with the performances of the 23-year-old Punjab-born batter Shubman Gill in the ongoing three-match T20I series against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.
After leaving his mark in ODIs and Tests, Gill made his T20I debut in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. However, he failed miserably in the first two games of the series, having scored just 7 and 5 runs.
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Speaking to Cricbuzz, Ajay Jadeja opined that Gill might be dropped from the playing XI for the third T20I. He added that the way the young batter has given away his wicket in the first two games is highly disappointing. Jadeja said:
“If there’s someone who has to be left out, it has to be Shubman Gill. The last couple of innings, the way he got out, you don’t expect that from him. If you want to play aggressive cricket, then that’s probably the replacement you should be looking at.”
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team defeated India National Cricket Team by 16 runs in the thrilling second T20I match to level the series 1-1. The series decider will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday, January 7.
Shubman Gill is a special player and has the potential to produce special performances – Dinesh Karthik
The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, during the same discussion, said that the opening batter Shubman Gill, who shared the dressing room with Karthik at Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), is a special player who can produce special performances for the side.
However, Karthik admitted that there is a lot of competition in Indian cricket and players like Ruturaj Gaikwad are waiting in the wings, so Gill can’t waste opportunities. He elaborated:
“This is what happens when you have a lot of talent. You tend to showcase your talent to the world and then when you sometimes get out to a soft dismissal, you tend to attract a lot of flak.
“He (Gill) is a special player and has the potential to produce special performances. The kind of competition that’s around, like Ruturaj Gaikwad and others, you have to grab your opportunities.”