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IND vs ENG: Will Shubman Gill Be Removed From Test Series? Fans Upset Over His Recent Performance

Shubman Gill, batting at the crucial number three position, has been consistently underperforming, raising concerns for the team management.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 2, 2024 13:53 IST
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IND vs ENG: Will Shubman Gill Be Removed From Test Series?
IND vs ENG: Will Shubman Gill Be Removed From Test Series?

Shubman Gill: The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad witnessed the first match of the five-game Test series between India and England, concluding with India’s 28-run defeat. Despite securing a 190-run lead in the first innings, India couldn’t sustain the momentum, resulting in their first home Test match loss after a lead of 100 runs or more. The second Test is scheduled for February 2 in Visakhapatnam.

Spin Trap Unleashed – Shubman Gill Struggles Continue

In the fourth innings, the Indian batsmen grappled with the spin prowess of debutant bowler Tom Hartley, who dismissed seven Indian players. Shubman Gill faced a particular setback, failing to score in both innings. Gill, batting at the crucial number three position, has been consistently underperforming, raising concerns for the team management. The next match might see Rajat Patidar replacing Gill, offering a potential solution to India’s batting challenges.

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Will Rajat Patidar Get a Chance?

The persistent struggle of Shubman Gill has compelled the team management to explore alternative options. With the number three position being critical, Rajat Patidar is being considered for the next match. Patidar, included in the squad after Virat Kohli’s absence, showcased impressive performances in domestic cricket. His recent record in the Ranji season and previous seasons indicates his ability to contribute significantly to the team.

Rajat Patidar’s Credentials

First-Class: 55 matches, 4000 runs, 45.97 average, 12 centuries, 22 half-centuries
List A: 58 matches, 1985 runs, 36.09 average, 3 centuries, 12 half-centuries
T20: 50 matches, 1640 runs, 37.27 average, 1 century, 14 half-centuries
ODI: 1 match, 22 runs, 22.00 average

Shubman Gill Ongoing Struggle in Test Cricket

Shubman Gill, at 24 years old, has been grappling with poor form in Test cricket since the World Test Championship final against Australia. Despite a silent bat during the South Africa tour, Gill has failed to score a fifty in Test cricket. His last century dates back to March 9, 2023, against Australia in Ahmedabad. Gill’s recent innings reflect scores of 13, 18, 6, 10, 29*, 2, 26, 36, 10, 23, and 0, with a current Test average dipping below 30.

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Shubman Gill Limited Success in ODIs and T20Is

While struggling in Tests, Shubman Gill has found success in ODIs, accumulating 2271 runs in 44 matches at an average of 61.37, including six centuries. However, his T20I performances are less stellar, with 335 runs in 14 matches at an average of 25.76.

Upcoming Schedule for India-England Series

2nd Test: 2-6 February, Visakhapatnam
3rd Test: 15-19 February, Rajkot
4th Test: 23-27 February, Ranchi
5th Test: 7-11 March, Dharamshala

First published on: Jan 29, 2024 12:08 PM IST

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