Shubman Gill Dismisses Return to Opening, Reveals Batting Strategy

Shubman Gill Dismisses Return to Opening, Reveals Batting Strategy

Indian cricket team batter Shubman Gill has revealed that he never considered returning to the opening position during his recent batting slump. Gill, who scored a magnificent century on Day 2 of the fifth Test against England in Dharamsala, had struggled for runs prior to the ongoing series.

With Yashasvi Jaiswal partnering Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, Gill was assigned the No. 3 position, a role he initially found challenging. However, he has since bounced back in spectacular fashion, amassing over 400 runs in the five-match Test series against England.

“When you don’t score, you tend to overthink, which I was doing. But going back to opening was not something that crossed my mind,” Gill told broadcasters.

Gill also discussed his superior batting average in the third and fourth innings compared to the first two innings in Test matches, explaining how he adjusts his approach based on the situation.

“When I go out to bat in the second innings, I have a clear target to chase. I know how to pace my innings and how to go about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gill’s father and first coach, Lakhwinder, believes that his son’s decision to step out to the bowlers more often has contributed to his resurgence in Test cricket. However, he disagrees with Gill’s decision to bat at No. 3.

“He should have continued to open. It’s not right at all. When you sit in the dressing room for longer, the pressure tends to increase. Number 3 is not opening, neither is it a middle-order spot,” Lakhwinder said.

“Plus, his game is not like that. It suits the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, who has a defensive game. When the ball is new, you get more loose balls. When you come in after 5-7 overs, the ball is still shiny, and the bowler is settled with his length.”

Mantri's Century Guides Madhya Pradesh to First Innings Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Mantri’s Century Guides Madhya Pradesh to First Innings Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Himanshu Mantri’s masterful century propelled Madhya Pradesh to a commanding position in their Ranji Trophy semifinal against Vidarbha. Resuming on 47 for one, Mantri anchored the innings with a patient and technically sound knock of 126 off 265 deliveries. His innings, studded with 13 boundaries and a six, proved crucial as Madhya Pradesh gained an 82-run lead in the first innings.

Mantri’s knock was a testament to his resilience and adaptability. Despite losing his opening partner early, he forged a solid partnership with Harsh Gawli, extending their alliance to 61 runs. However, Vidarbha’s pacers struck back, dismissing Gawli and two more batsmen in quick succession.

Undeterred, Mantri found support in Sagar Solanki, adding 42 runs for the fifth wicket. He then combined with Saransh Jain for a crucial 73-run stand, taking Madhya Pradesh past Vidarbha’s first innings total.

As the pitch eased out, spinners Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare posed some challenges. However, Mantri’s skill and experience allowed him to counter their threats effectively. He reached his century with a quick single off Wakhare, celebrating the milestone with a roar.

Unfortunately, Mantri’s dismissal soon after, along with Jain’s, halted Madhya Pradesh’s progress. However, their contributions had already laid the foundation for a strong lead.

In their second innings, Vidarbha lost Atharva Taide early, trailing by 69 runs at stumps. The match remains finely poised, with Madhya Pradesh holding a significant advantage but Vidarbha still in contention.

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