In the two chances that Shubman Gill had in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. He failed to score a significant run. In the series opener in Mumbai, he was LBW for 7 against Maheesh Theekshana.
In the second match in Pune, he horribly mistimed a short-arm flick against Kasun Rajitha to be holed out in mid-on for 5.
In the Indian team of today, failures are more costly than ever, especially if you are in the early stages of your international career.
In any case, it is difficult to first break into the squad and then to keep fighting for a place in the XI, and once you do, you cannot afford to waste that opportunity. If you fail on your first two attempts, you probably won’t get another one.
Because there are at least two cricketers competing for every spot in the Indian team, it will be difficult to keep your spot. Shubman Gill is in a similar predicament.
The right-hander failed to score a significant run in his two chances in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. Despite forcing his way into the T20I team with outstanding performances opening the batting in ODIs.
In the second match in Pune, he horribly mistimed a short-arm flick. Against Kasun Rajitha to be holed out in mid-on for 5.
Ruturaj Gaikwad could take Gill’s place at the top of the list right now. Wasim Jaffer, a former India opener, thinks Gaikwad should play in Saturday’s series finale in Rajkot.
In just five matches, Gaikwad scored five hundred, including a double century. For Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India’s domestic 50-over tournament.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad ought to have a shot, in my opinion. In domestic cricket, he has scored a lot of runs. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he stood out. In contrast, Shubman Gill has performed poorly in the previous two matches.
He has disappointed me. I might consider playing Ruturaj Gaikwad. Jaffer stated on ESPNCricinfo, “He has been warming the benches for quite some time now.”
Interestingly, Gill was replaced in the XI by Gaikwad. After the former only scored 50 or more runs in nine T20I matches.
Even though young Arshdeep Singh had a terrible day with the ball. Jaffer said there was no need to change the bowling lineup. In the previous match, he bowled a world record five front-foot no-balls.
“Even though he had a forgettable day (in the second T20I), I will back Arshdeep Sinch in the bowling department. You must support him in this circumstance to prevent further damage to his confidence.
I don’t see any other changes in the XI, with the exception of one in the batting department,” he continued.
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