Shubhman Gill and Mayank Agarwal as the Indian openers shared a great partnership of 80* when Shubhman got out at 44* in the 2nd Test series’ first day at Wankhede in Mumbai.
The former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar has called this knock a “mental error” of Gill. He believes that it is not a technical issue rather a mental error. Sanjay Bangar answered Akash Chopra on being asked about his opinion, Bangar said:
“Mental error, I will put it in the category of mental error. It is not a technical error because you can definitely go with hard hands and it is not the first time a batter has gone with hard hands.”
Bangar also added:
“But if you make two mistakes off two consecutive deliveries, it means your thinking between the deliveries or your control over your mind or thoughts, it is required to work on that a little.”
At the same time, Akash Chopra also has to say something over 22-year batsman’s bad knock. He on being asked if he also felt that staying away from the ball is advantageous. Chopra said:
“One hundred percent and this is somewhat a byproduct because they play a lot of white-ball cricket, a lot of T20 cricket, where there is an advantage of staying away from the ball. You score runs easily when you stay away from the ball. The free-flowing downswing of the bat becomes a habit. The ball was very far away but if you take a small step and try to reach it with your arms, the hands don’t remain soft and you push at the ball and if you push, then on this pitch it will carry a hundred percent.”
Shubhman Gill after the end of the first day talked about the way he got out and that he still yearns for the century in the Tests. He is waiting for the big day but the big things come after big sacrifices. He has to give something to gain something and that he understands very well.
The God for Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar has also gone through some stats where Shubhman Gill has shown some of the best performances but all those come when it is in the home. Shubhman Gill was also part of the 2020-2021 Tour of Australia where he didn’t seem to be any impressive with his tricks and techniques.
Sachin Tendulkar in support of Gill has explained the youngster’s techniques and place in the Test:
“The free-flowing downswing of the bat becomes a habit. The ball was very far away but if you take a small step and try to reach it with your arms, the hands don’t remain soft and you push at the ball and if you push, then on this pitch it will carry a hundred percent.”
The legend further added:
“He has had the experience of playing on hard and bouncy tracks and I felt that he looked pretty comfortable. So, I don’t think there is any technical issue as such.”
Tendulkar also brought light to the fact that Gill’s career is incomplete without adding any century to it despite he has hit many half-centuries.
“Shubman has started well and shown a lot of promise. The way he builds his innings, he has been good so far. Just that he needs to go further and convert those 40s into big scores.”
Tendulkar concluded by saying something shocking to his listeners:
“Once you get into that squad, it is about how hungry you are for bigger scores which I am sure he is. He needs to just convert those starts and not lose concentration. Both in Kanpur and Mumbai, he got good deliveries. He is on a learning curve and will take lessons.”
India got all out by Ajaz Patel at an impressive 356* New Zealand trails the goal with all their strength.