While all other Indian batters, including Shubman Gill, failed to convert their starts into something substantial, young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal converted his century into a double century and carried India’s batting line-up in the first innings of the second Test against England, in Visakhapatnam.
With Virat Kohli expected to return in the third Test and Sarfaraz Khan waiting in the wings, the continuous failures of Shubman Gill in Test cricket have further led to scrutiny on his place in the side.
Gill, who had started off majestically with a 91 in the fourth innings in that historic Gabba Test at the start of 2021, has failed to deliver on the expectations and has certainly been mostly disappointing in his returns with the bat in the longest format.
Since the start of 2023, Shubman Gill averages 25.78 in 15 Test innings, with only one century and no half-century. That century came last year against Australia in Ahmedabad on what was the flattest and most lifeless pitch India has produced in the past four years, with the game ending in a draw. Even Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both of whom who are dropped, have a better average than Gill in this period.
Fans led a march on Twitter, hailing Yashasvi Jaiswal as the new ‘Prince,’ a tag that has been associated with Gill since his burst onto the scene.
Shubman Gill got trolled on Twitter after Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double century:
If Gill fails to produce a significant knock in the second innings in Vizag, either he or Shreyas Iyer will most certainly make way for Virat Kohli in the third Test.
Jaiswal’s double century helped India reach the total of 396, which seems under-par considering the past two Tests here in Vizag.