The 1st Test of the India vs England series has seen some great performances from the Indian players who are currently in control of the game. England are currently on 172-5 at tea with only Ollie Pope trying to keep the England innings together. The Indian batting has also had some great innings from the players with the likes of Yashasavi Jaiswal, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja coming good with their 80+ scores to put India in a winning position in the game. The England batters are already in a really tough position to save the game as well.
The innings of these three batters are no doubt some of the best batting we have ever seen in Test cricket, but the one batter who has still not been on top in this format is Shubman Gill. The young batter had started his Test career against Australia in one of the best series India have ever had. Shubman Gill failed in this match as well as he fell for a low score of 23 failing to capitalise on an opportunity once again. The number 3 spot has not done justice to the 24-year-old batter yet and there have been talks about his form in Test cricket already.
Kevin Pietersen chatting with the coach
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has also criticised Gill for his approach in the first innings, where he threw away his wicket by trying to play over mid-wicket. Pietersen also had a chat with India coach Rahul Dravid over the players' approach as well and opened up on the conversation saying “ We discussed batting in India again. Just reacquainting what the positive options are”. Adding to the statement Pietersen also mentioned a point over getting caught up in the opposition's plan that can cause the player to doubt his ability as well.
This conversation seems to be a very interesting one between two great batters of their generation and this will surely also be a learning curve for Gill. Gill was looking slightly impatient at the crease which was the reason for him losing his wicket. These are the games which make players think that they could have done something better. These are definitely not the best days for Gill in the longest format and we hope he overcomes these challenges and proves to all his critics how he will come back into the game of Test Cricket going forward.