Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Shubman Gill needs to make some technical adjustments to his game to be successful on slow pitches. Shubman Gill is a bit vulnerable in the ongoing multi-format series between India and West Indies. He has particularly struggled in T20Is, scoring only 16 runs in three innings.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Shubman Gill has faced a string of disappointing performances post-IPL 2023. He believes the stylish batsman is likely to have problems on slower surfaces. He said:
“At this point in time, the problem is with Shubman Gill’s form. During the IPL, I read in many places that he is no longer the prince but the king. But after that, there was the WTC final, he didn’t score too many runs there, played two Test matches against the West Indies, didn’t score runs there.”
The former Indian opener added:
“Then he played three ODIs, where he scored one half-century and a score of 34. He has single-digit scores in all three T20Is. It seems like he hasn’t scored runs at all on this West Indies tour. I feel there is one thing with him for sure – when the pitches are slightly slow, he will find it difficult to find his rhythm.”
The former Indian opener highlighted that Shubman Gill plays on the edge and through the line. He said that such a technique could come in handy on pitches with a bit of double pace, where the bounce is a bit unreliable, the ball spins a bit more and gets caught on the wicket.
“You Will Be Probed The Most” – Aakash Chopra On Shubman Gill Playing As Opener
Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra believes Shubman Gill needs to be more consistent as an opener. he argued
“He will have to look into this because whenever you play as an opener, especially in white-ball cricket, you will be scrutinized the most. You will have the best opportunity to score runs but will be scrutinized the most as well. It gets highlighted very quickly when you don’t score runs.”
The former Indian opener pointed out that Ishaan Kishan had to make way for Yashasvi Jaiswal as the opener after just two under. They said:
“We saw Ishan Kishan being dropped for the last match. If the same yardstick is used, Shubman Gill should also be dropped. But he won’t be because both are not going to be dropped together.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that Shubman Gill would be under pressure for the rest of the series. He highlighted that someone like Ruturaj Gaikwad can replace him in T20I cricket if he excels at the top of the order in the upcoming series against Ireland