Anil Kumble Minces No Words says, “Shubman Gill Has Got Cushion That Even CheteshwarPujara Didn't."

Former captain of Indian cricket team Anil Kumble feels that the embattled Shubman Gill has been given the kind of "cushion" that veteran CheteshwarPujara never got, and the young batter needs to make it count in the second Test against England or risk being under tremendous pressure. The 24-year-old Gill has not scored a half-century in his last 11 Test innings. He scored 128 in the first inning of India against the visiting Australian in Ahmedabad in March last year, but after that, his highest score has been 36.
He made 23 and 0 in the two innings of the first Test against England, which India lost by 28 runs on Sunday.
Kumble said, “Gill has been given the cushion perhaps even a CheteshwarPujara didn’t get, although Pujara has played over 100 Tests.”
“I keep coming back to him (Pujara), mainly because that was his place (No. 3) not too long ago. Pujara played in that World Test Championship final, and post that, it’s been Shubman Gill, who’s been moving from the opener’s slot, and he himself wanted to bat at No. 3.” The 36-year-old Pujara last played a test in June 2023—the World Test Championship final against Australia—and he was ignored after that. He scored a double hundred (243 not out) in a Ranji match earlier this month. Skipper Rohit Sharma, before the start of the England series, stated that younger players were being preferred in a bid to look ahead in Indian cricket.


Jan 31, 2024 3:58 AM