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Sunil Gavaskar chastises Shubman Gill for dropping his wicket in the first Test match between India and England.

Shubman Gill was severely criticized by Sunil Gavaskar for throwing away his wicket with a bad shot after putting in so much effort on Day 2. When it came to how India batsman Shubman Gill was dismissed during Friday’s first Test match against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Sunil Gavaskar did not hold back.
Gill threw away his wicket after working so hard to bat until stumps on the first day and enduring the challenging opening hour on the second. Additionally, he became the first wicket in a Test match for Tom Hartley, the new England spinner.

Hartley hit a ball up onto Gill’s pads with the fifth ball of the thirty-fifth over. The right-hander attempted to turn the strike over convincingly, but instead of going over the top, he played a wafty slap. The outcome was certain. He was caught mid-wicket and out. Gill gifted his wicket to England after hitting 23 runs off 66 balls, the slowest strike rate of any batsman who has scored more than 20 runs in this Test.

What sort of shot did he intend to play? While it’s understandable if he was trying to play it in the air, the on-drive was just poorly done.

This has gradually grown to be a major problem for Gill during his brief Test career. Gill’s record in this format is quite low, with the exception of two centuries against Australia and Bangladesh and a couple of half-centuries, including that memorable 91 at Brisbane. His tendency to waste starts has been the most disheartening aspect of the situation.

Ten times in his 37 innings, Gill has reached the 25-run mark but not yet reached a half-century. That is concerning for a batter of his caliber. And most of the time, just like on Friday, he causes his own destruction. Gill, who looked good for 26 in the second innings, missed a straight delivery from Marco Jansen even during India’s most recent series in South Africa.

For Gill, getting through his 20s and 30s seems to be the main challenge right now. The strongest evidence of that is a Test average of just 20 after 20 matches.

Returning to the India vs England game, India finished the first session at 222/3 after the day had started at 119/1. In the first match of the series, KL Rahul (55*) and Shreyas Iyer (34*) ensured that India remained ahead with a solid 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Now, the hosts just need 24 runs to equal England’s 246 total from their opening innings.

On Day 2, England had a fairly successful start when they got the big wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal (80) in the second delivery of the match. Gill was also removed at the perfect moment, but after that, Rahul and Iyer made sure there were no more mishaps. Against the spinners, Rahul in particular was excellent, rotating the strike at will.

Ben Stokes, the captain of England, used some dubious tactics. Despite Hartley’s run-leaking and lack of opportunities, he continued to bowl him from one end.