The 1st Test has seen some great performances from the Indian players who have complete control of the game. The 1st innings belonged to the Indians completely, where they not only were able to get the England team bowled out for a modest score of 246 but also scored big with 436 runs on the board as well. The Indians are looking good to win this match and take an early lead in the series to keep the England team on the backfoot completely. The spinners dominating with the ball and the batters taking the responsibility is everything that the Indians wanted in the game.
The one batter who has not yet lived up to his potential in the longest format is Shubman Gill, who has had another poor performance with the bat. Gill is currently averaging just over 30 in his Test career and has not had a breakthrough performance after his debut against Australia. There is no doubt that he has performed really well in white ball cricket, but he still has to prove himself in the red ball format to be a big part of the setup. Gill has to find some consistency in the format and play his best game.
He had to go over the top: KL Rahul
One of the best performances in the Indian innings was from KL Rahul, who played a beautiful knock and has proved his worth in the middle order. His 86 runs were important for the Indians to get a great lead in the game. The experienced star batter also gave his opinion on how Gill approached his innings in the match as well saying "I mean, you know, I'm sure he didn't want to get himself into a situation where he had to go over the top or had to play a shot just to break free.” With this, he also mentions his great performances in white ball cricket and assures everyone that he will come back in the next game.
There is still a lot of trust in the ability of Gill in Test matches and he is still being backed by the staff and management. The words from Rahul explain a lot about what Gill is capable of when he is in top form. Gill is a world-class batter who can score big runs on the day and win big matches for his side and that is always a plus point for every team. It is necessary for the 24-year-old star to prove his worth and score big runs with 4 more matches to go in the series as well. Everyone will still keep an eye on the Gill and will want to see him play one more big knock.