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Shubman Gill would not play as an opener in Test cricket, Aakash Chopra

By Bet Barter

June 23, 2021

Cricketer turned commentator, Aakash Chopra opined that Shubman Gill would have a long Test career. But he is not suited to open for India in a Test match. Gill would play better in the middle order.

During the World Test Championship, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave India a steady start in both innings. But neither of them could play a good knock to help India make more runs. None of the team India opening batsmen could reach the 50 run mark.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra commented on the performance of the two openers. He pointed out that in the ongoing inning Shubman Gill got out by an incoming delivery that hit his pads. Whereas during the first innings, Gill was dismissed for an outgoing delivery. Thereby, he would have to be more careful in future matches. Gill would then play 10-15 years of Tests cricket but in the middle order.

According to Aakash Chopra, 21-year-old Shubman Gill has good timing. But his free-flowing strokeplay could lead to his downfall at the top order. As an opener, he is expected to score more runs but he has failed to do so. His bat also comes down too fast which increases the chance of pad hits and getting caught behind.

Thereby, he would play at number 3 or 4 as time would progress. Gill would also be more at home if he plays in the middle order in long format games.

Shubman Gill has been given the top spot after his excellent debut against Australia as an opener. But he has recently failed to make decent runs while playing in the top order.

Aakash Chopra praised Rohit Sharma for his quality batting performance in the WTC Final

Aakash Chopra stated that Rohit Sharma batted beautifully during the tournament. His wicket fell after making just 30 runs in the ongoing inning. Aakash Chopra opined that Rohit Sharma lost his wicket because of a wrong judgment. But he has shown immense control and patience while playing the match.

Aakash Chopra concluded that English bowlers would have to be wary of Rohit Sharma in the five-match test series. There is a huge possibility that he would score big runs during the Test against England.

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