Few young players have captured the imagination of cricket fans quite like Shubman Gill. His exquisite timing and audacious strokeplay have earned him a place among the game's brightest talents, particularly in the ODI arena. His remarkable returns in 2023, culminating in the coveted Cricketer of the Year honour at the Naman Awards, is only the beginning of a glittering career.
However, while his one-day career has flourished, his performance in Test cricket has fallen short of expectations. Despite playing 21 matches, his average remains below 30. Recognizing this, he sought a move to the number 3 position in 2023, believing it would better suit his skill set. However, the switch hasn't yielded results so far, as he's yet to register a half-century since the change.
Following his recent scores in the Hyderabad Test against England, which concluded yesterday, Shubman Gill faces renewed scrutiny. Considering that India lost the game, calls for his omission from the Test team have intensified. With several talented players aspiring for an opportunity, his performance has triggered discussions about whether returning to the domestic circuit to regain form might be the next step.
"Rohit should bat at No. 3"
In the wake of India's Test defeat against England in Hyderabad, former cricketer Wasim Jaffer took to social media to analyze Shubman Gill's batting position. He suggested a strategic shift for the Indian batting lineup, advocating for Gill's return to the opening slot and Rohit Sharma moving down to number 3. He wrote that Rohit's adeptness against spin bowling will make this a better combination.
Jaffer further elaborates that "waiting for his turn to bat" in the middle order might not be optimal for Gill's rhythm and confidence. "Gill and Jaiswal should open and Rohit should bat at no.3 in 2nd test in my opinion. Waiting to bat for his turn isn't helping Shubman, it's better he opens the inn. Rohit plays spin really well, so batting at no.3 should not worry him too much," Jaffer wrote.