Shubman Gill in action for Indian cricket team© AFP
Indian cricket team star KL Rahul backed teammate Shubman Gill to score big after he was dismissed cheaply on Day 2 of the first Test match against England on Friday. Gill looked to score quickly but ended up gifting his wicket to Tom Hartley after scoring just 23 runs. However, Rahul pointed out that Gill is a top-class cricketer who can play spin well and said that this is something that can happen to any batter. With Yashasvi Jaiswal opening with Rohit Sharma, Gill has been given the No. 3 batting slot but his performance in the new position has not been satisfactory in the past few matches.
“He (Gill) is a top-class cricketer. He does play spin really, really well. We’ve seen that in white-ball cricket. It’s about time that, he learnt from it,” Rahul said on Jio Cinema.
“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 had to play a shot just to break free. But yeah, that happens to all batters. And I’m sure he’s already there thinking about what he’ll do in the next one,” the India star added.
Ravindra Jadeja’s two-layered fifty and KL Rahul’s mastery were at the heart of India’s 421 for seven, a total which placed them several miles ahead of England after the second day’s play of the first Test.
Jadeja (81 batting) and Axar Patel (35 batting), who added 63 runs for the unbroken eighth-wicket stand, are at the crease at stumps.
India’s lead has now swelled to 175 runs, and England would find it tough to wipe that out once their turn to bat come on third day.
(With PTI inputs)
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