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Shubman Gill needs to score big: VVS Laxman

March 5, 2021

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Ankit Seth

VVS Laxman opined that Shubman Gill needs to convert his starts into big scores, or else the management might replace him with KL Rahul or Mayank Agarwal. The young batsman made his Test debut against Australia in December last year. Since then, the 21-year-old has managed to score 378 runs in 13 Test innings. Gill has three half-centuries to his name but is yet to record a century.

Shubman is yet to score a big knock in the ongoing home series against England. He entered the fourth and final Test with only 40 runs in his last six innings. England pacer James Anderson dismissed Gill for a duck in the first innings on Thursday. Shubman Gill scored a half-century in his first Test match in Chennai. However, in the next game, he accumulated only 14 runs in two innings. Spinners Olly Stone and Jack Leach picked up his wicket in the first and the second innings, respectively.

Shubman Gill has a few technical issues that he needs to fix: VVS Laxman

Talking about Gill's dismissals in the ongoing series against England, Laxman opined that the youngster has a few technical issues that he needs to fix. Laxman stated that Gill was uncomfortable against the in-swinging deliveries, a flaw that resulted in his dismissal. Laxman also mentioned that although Shubman Gill is massively talented, if he doesn't score runs, he will be replaced as other reserve openers are waiting in the wings to grab their opportunity.

Currently, three wickets down, the hosts will be aiming to gain some momentum against England on Day 2. The Indian team has Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane batting, and the duo will be seeking to form a decent partnership.

The second day has seen the hosts lose Cheteshwar Pujara to delivery by Jack Leach. Meanwhile, captain Virat Kohli also lost his wicket to Ben Stokes. Earlier on Day 1, India scored 24 for one in response to England's first innings target of 205. India lost the wicket of opener Shubman Gill, who fell to delivery by James Anderson.

Before India’s innings, England was subjected to another trial by spin, and they couldn't find their way out. Axar Patel scalped four wickets, and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three. England endured another collapse as they were bundled out for a sub-par score. Ben Stokes was the top-scorer for England with 55 runs.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth