Shubman Gill in action for the Indian cricket team©AFP
Shubman Gill gave a perfect reply to his critics as the youngster scored a brilliant century to solidify India’s position on Day 3 of the second Test against England in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday. It was a controlled innings from Gill, who overcame some early hiccups to score 104 off 147 deliveries. While the knock was a big boost to the right-hander’s confidence, former England cricket team batsman Kevin Pietersen was a bit critical of his technique. Pietersen was all praise for the youngster but also named Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in his criticism of Gill’s “lazy” technique.
“There is a technical defect and that is that he is not busy enough before throwing the ball. And it is a discussion that I have had with the people around me, whether you have the trigger or not, whether you get into the game “I think on the Test pitch, the bowlers are a bit quicker and they make you make decisions quicker. The step forward is that he does need the trigger. Shubman Gill’s batting is very… I would say almost lazy on the road. that he is at the crease,” Pietersen said on Jio Cinema.
“He waits for the ball to be handed to him before he makes any move. And what I would like you to see from him is that on the charge, he just prepares himself a little bit. Look at all the great players. Tendulkar didn’t do that.” He didn’t do it much, but he did it sometimes. Ricky Ponting, they say, didn’t have a trigger, but he did have a front foot press. Even Lara. Everyone had a trigger and got into the game before launch. “.
Shubman Gill scored a fine century to help India set a target of 399 runs for England.
Gill was back in form, scoring 104 off 147 deliveries. All-rounders Axar Patel (45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (29) chipped in with handy knocks before India were bowled out for 255 in their second innings.
Gill and Axar put together an 89-run partnership before Ashwin hit two fours and a six to help India increase their lead. Left-arm spinner Tom Hartley picked up four wickets for the visitors, who led the five-match series 1-0.
(With PTI inputs)
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