After being named as a replacement for Pujara’s number 3 batting position and former skipper Virat Kohli’s number 5 position, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer have failed to make an impact in the ongoing five-match Test series against England. Both the batters have gone through a poor run of form so far in the three innings they have played so far in the Test series.
None of Shubhman and Shreyas have scored even a half-century in the three innings they have batted against England in the Test series so far.
Meanwhile, the former Indian batter and now commentator Sanjay Manjrekar came up with a very blunt and clear analysis while speaking about the disappointing form of Shreyas and Shubman at the very important opportunity in a big Test Series.
“Shubman Gill, how does he react to his failures? He needs to do something about his defence if he wants to be the prolific run-getter in the team at the Test level, both against swing and spin,” said Manjrekar on ESPN Cricinfo.
“That's a cause for worry and that's something that won't be solved easily. These are uncontrollable for the team management, and the selectors,” he added later.
"We saw the English batters take a safer approach to be aggressive" - Sanjay Manjrekar while talking about Shreyas Iyer
Furthermore, Manjrekar also spoke about the importance of Shreyas Iyer’s form for Team India in the absence of the former skipper and the modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli.
“Shreyas Iyer seems to want to play the modern way, which is about hitting the way out of trouble, so be it. We saw the English batters take a safer approach to be aggressive,” he said.
“He's got to find one because just lofting balls down the pitch or towards mid-wicket is a lot more risky than playing the reverse sweeps and the switch reverse sweeps,” the former batter concluded.
Currently, India and England are taking on each other in the ongoing second Test of the five-match series, at the ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam.