Former Indian versatile player Irfan Pathan has pointed out that opening batsman Shubman Gill can be quite an asset to the Test team whenever they tour abroad.
Gill scored a well-made 52 in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand before being knocked down by the best bowler of the day, Kyle Jamieson. After that, however, he looked pretty comfortable at the fold and built an important partnership of 61 runs second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara to stabilize the ship after Mayank Agarwal fell early.
“I really hope and feel that this guy will have a very good career, especially in Test cricket, because I think he can be very vital, especially if we keep touring abroad. He has excellent back foot play with his initial move, ”Pathan said on Star Sports while talking about Gill.
“I’m very impressed with the way Shubman Gill plays against spinners” – Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan also mentioned that it was an extremely impressive performance from Gill against the spinners, especially with a small amount of purchases being offered for the slower deliveries.
“He’s a young guy, and he’s very talented when it comes to batting. He is trying to figure out how to really fix the small technical glitch he has, especially against the fuller delivery.
“He comes off the field against the fast bowlers, and I am really impressed with the way he plays against the spinners. He plays the ball late,”Pathan added.
At Tea, India were 154/4 with debutant Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja on the line.