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Former New Zealand pacer Simon Dole and former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan narrated how Shubman Gill made subtle changes in his technique to find success at the Test level after going through a weak patch in the home series against England. Gill hit his fourth Test half-century in the first Test match of India vs New Zealand in Kanpur on Thursday. He forged an unbroken 61-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (15) after stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane opted to bat first to take India to 82 for 1 at lunch on day one. India lost Mayank Agarwal early. He was dismissed for 13 by Kyle Jamieson.
Dole said Gill is not going back and is instead staying near the line of the ball to avoid a fall and be an lbw candidate for the coming fuller length delivery.
Dole said after lunch, “I think Gill has changed a few things. He’s not coming back now. He’s staying near the line of the ball, almost when he’s at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.” I was playing.” Show on Star Sports.
The former pacer recalled Gill’s early days when he made his mark at the U19 level with a plethora of runs in the 2018 U19 World Cup.
“I was so impressed with him. He was a cut over Prithvi Shaw for me, I even mentioned it a couple of times. I thought he was the best at the level I’ve seen. Looks like he went back.” And that is probably the influence of Rahul Dravid coming into the setup. He has known his game very well since that time.
“He’s gone back to his old technique. He’s been playing along the line of the ball instead of going back and across and now he’s reaping the rewards. New Zealand would have planned that back and whole movement by targeting their front.” Pad, they almost got there but an inside edge saved him,” Dole said.
Gill, India’s highest scorer in that Under-19 World Cup with 372 runs, hit five fours and a six against New Zealand on Thursday. The right-handed batsman had his share of luck when an inside edge saved him and then New Zealand did not opt for a review when he was batting only on 6, but he showed an eagerness to score using his feet, Something that impressed Irfan Pathan.
“Shubman Gill is trying to figure out how to counter his technical problems against full length deliveries by dancing to the track. I really hope he has a great Test career because I think when he is very Important could be India’s foreign tour. He is very good off the backfoot and has very good back and movement throughout.”
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