Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri slams Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill after being dismissed for 17 runs on the first day of the rescheduled test match against England.
Ravi Shastri Slams Shubman Gill
Ahead of the 5th test match, Shubman Gill was named as the replacement player for Rohit Sharma who tested positive for COVID19 during the 4-day warm-up match against Leicestershire.
In the absence of Rohit, BCCI named senior bowler Jasprit Bumrah as the captain of the Indian test team. Winning the toss England decides to bowl first. Indian opening batters Gill and Pujara opened the innings and failed to add the expected run to the Indian scorboard.
Gill who made an impressive starting failed to continue the class and was dismissed off James Anderson’s delivery for 17 runs.
Highlighting this Indian former head coach Ravi Shastri while commenting alongside ex-England player Mark Butcher for broadcasters Sky Sports said: “That’s unfortunate. He (Gill) is a class act. He needs to bring that discipline into his game.
That’s a nothing shot and he will be disappointed with it. This is a boundary-scoring ground but you need to put a value on your wicket. You have to stick there and runs will come eventually”.
Shastri further remarked that Gill will be very sad over squandering a great chance to score runs at Edgbaston.
“He will be mighty disappointed. When he is set, he makes runs come. Everything before this, there was the intent. There was no intent here. It was just a tentative poke outside the off-stump,” he added.
“Really a nothing shot. He will be very disappointed with this because he had done a little bit of hard work. This is a boundary-scoring ground, Edgbaston. Stay at the crease, you will get runs. There is value for your shots.”
Kevin Pietersen on Pujara’s dismissal
Following Gill’s dismissal, Anderson dismissed Pujara for 13 runs with a fuller ball which had extra bounce and took the shoulder edge to second slip.
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen felt Pujara couldn’t have done much about the ball he got from Anderson.
“There’s nothing you can do. Sometimes you’ve just got to say, ‘it’s the great Jimmy Anderson.’ There will be balls you have to play at, which I think that was one of. Jimmy Anderson, on occasions, is just too good.
“What do you do? You watch (Glen) McGrath, (Wasim) Akram, (Shaun) Pollock, he’s as good as, if not better, than a lot of those guys, in these conditions in particular,” said Pietersen during the lunch show after rain caused a break in the proceedings, with India at 53/2 in 20.1 overs.
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At the end of day 1, India scored 338 runs for 7 wickets loss whereas Jadeja and M Shami scored 83 runs and 0 runs respectively.