'Un par dabaav badhta gaya kyunki...' - Former India legend explains the error in Shubman Gill's batting approach in first Test against England

Shubman Gill could score only 23 runs off 66 balls, hitting only 2 fours in the first innings of the ongoing first Test against England in Hyderabad.

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Shubman Gill (File Photo: X)

Shubman Gill (File Photo: X)

Former India skipper Anil Kumble spoke in detail about an error in the batting approach of India’s young number 3 batter Shubman Gill. Kumble highlighted Gill’s mistake after the latter was dismissed just at the individual score of 23 runs on the second day of the ongoing first Test against England.

Gill had started batting from his first day’s unbeaten individual score of 14 runs, but he couldn’t take it to a big individual score and fell prey to the debutant spinner of England, Tom Hartley.

"He will have to rotate strikes" - Anil Kumble about Shubman Gill batting at number 3

Anil Kumble also emphasized the positive approach in batting for Shubman Gill, especially while playing at the crucial batting position like number 3.

“Un par dabaav badhta gaya aur vo strike rotate nahi kar paaye (The pressure kept on growing and he couldn't rotate the strike. He will have to learn this. If he wants to bat at no. 3, especially on Indian tracks where spinners will cause trouble, he will have to rotate strikes. Even when he came out to bat yesterday, he took his time as you don't want to lose your wicket. He got stuck today as well. He wanted to play the release shot against the turn, which I don't think was the ideal shot. If he has to slot in that number 3 role like Pujara or Dravid, he will have to rotate strike. He needs to play spin with soft hands and use his wrist. This is something he needs to add to his game,” said Kumble on Sports 18 during his commentary stint.

Speaking of the current action of the match, India have now taken a lead of 116 runs in the first innings, as they have scored 362 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in response to England’s first-innings total of 246 runs.

At the time of filling this copy, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja were there in the middle at individual scores of 4 and 61 runs, respectively.

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