Throughout his last 12 Test innings, Shubman Gill has failed to reach a half-century.
Shubman Gill, an Indian batsman, has drawn support from a former England cricketer after he failed to score a significant amount on Day 1 of the second Test against England on Friday, February 02 in Visakhapatnam. Interestingly, Gill was removed for 36 (46) after he chased down a wide ball from James Anderson and squared it to Ben Foakes, the wicketkeeper. In seven innings, it was his fifth strikeout against Anderson.
Nevertheless, Pietersen asked observers to give the 24-year-old some time despite his poor performance on Day 1 since the former England cricket player believes the right-handed batter has significant promise. To further illustrate his point, he also provided the figures of the renowned South African cricket player Jacques Kallis, who after ten Test matches averaged 22 at the bat.
In his first ten Test matches, Kallis averaged 22.1 and went on to become possibly the best player in history. Please give @ShubmanGill some time to locate it. In his X account, Pietersen commented, “He’s a serious player!”
Interestingly, Gill last recorded his fifty-plus against Australia in Ahmedabad in March 2023; since then, he has failed to reach a half-century in twelve innings of Test cricket. During the renowned Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020–21, the hitter from Punjab had a spectacular debut in the Test series by amassing 259 runs from six innings at an average of 60.65.
He also helped India break Australia’s 32-year supremacy at the Gabba Test ground with a heroic 91 on Day 5 of the historic series. He hasn’t been able to repeat the same magic after his first series, though, scoring only 838 runs from 34 innings at an average of 26.18 with two hundreds and two fifties.
Gill is struggling at position three.
Since the West Indies tour in July 2023, the 24-year-old has been shifted to number 3, and he has been battling mightily to claim the position despite averaging 22.30 when batting. Jaiswal is in danger of being left off the team as a result of Cheteshwar Pujara running amok in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy 2024 and the impending return of Virat Kohli.
With the assistance of 17 fours and five sixes, Yashasvi Jaiswal was the only player for the side during the entire day as India concluded Day 1 with a score of 336/6. Gill had 34, making him the team’s top scorer after him.