Shubman Gill blasted a full-blown century in the second innings that helped India post a monumental target on the board. There was a lot of noise about how Gill is fading away from the limelight and why his batting has to change. Well, truth be told, things did change for the Indian Prince and he was back in runs.
Now the obvious question is what exactly changed in Gill’s batting? What exactly was Gill doing wrong at number three anyway? Well, the answer lies in nuanced tactics and here are three factors that changed or was changed by Gill himself to brave the insurmountable odds and eventually end his barren run.
#1 A better leave outside the off-stump
In Test cricket, one of the most crucial elements of batting is how you leave outside the off-stump. Every time a bowler knocks on your corridor of uncertainty, they expect you to drive and particularly if you are a top-order batter. However, at times, the front-foot defence can also prove to be your unravelling. Gill was a lot more aware and was in no mood to hand over a chance. He was leaving extensively outside the off-stump. That made his life a lot easier for Gill.
#2 Change in temperament by Shubman Gill
Playing Test cricket in today’s world is like conjuring bigger jargons of the sport, something like Bazball, maybe? Once again being honest, that is just a name replicating fancy and nothing else. You being aggressive in Test cricket shouldn’t scoring at 5 runs an over. It means that the strokeplay should be active enough and not just swinging your blade at everything. That is how Gill mastered this innings. He was in no rush whatsoever and any loosener in his sight was dispatched with extreme disdain while the very next ball was defended as if he is born for eternity. You know what’s temperament now.
#3 A keen eye to play shots
With the advent of cricket, shots have also changed. Even though you won’t see too many scoops and switch hits, yet, batters are a lot more aggressive and that is what makes Shubman Gill a lot more dangerous. He has a wide array of shots in his arsenal and that is something that a bowler with a red-ball length doesn’t like at all. However, that minute adjustment to show who is the boss is extremely important. That makes Gill the menace that he was in the second innings.