Indian cricket team great Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at young batter Shubman Gill for throwing away his wicket on Day 2 of the 1st Test against England in Hyderabad. Gill, who resumed from his overnight score of 14, got him caught at mid-wicket on 23 after a rash shot against the turning cherry. He played 66 deliveries and hit just two boundaries, while also struggling to rotate strike. Gavaskar fumed at Gill for his shot-selection, saying that there was no need for him to do that.
Gavaskar made the comments while commentating on Day 2.
“What kind of a shot was he looking to play? One can understand if he was looking to play it in the air but it was just a badly executed on-drive. He did all the hard work and then played a shot like that,” Gavaskar was heard as saying on commentary.
KL Rahul hit 86 and Ravindra Jadeja closed in on a half-century Friday to push India’s lead to 63 runs at Tea on Day 2.
The hosts were 305/9 with Jadeja on 45 and wicketkeeper-batsman K.S. Bharat on nine at tea in Hyderabad.
Rahul’s anchoring 86 ended with a big heave on a long-hop from Test debutant Tom Hartley that landed in the palms of Rehan Ahmed at deep mid-wicket.
It was Hartley’s second strike of the day after Shubman Gill.
Rahul’s exit ended a 65-run stand with the left-handed Jadeja, who stood firm and kept up the attack to entertain a crowd of more than 25,000 fans taking advantage of the Republic Day national holiday.
England struck in the third over after lunch when Shreyas Iyer holed out to deep mid-wicket for 35 off leg-spinner Ahmed.
India lost overnight batting duo Yashasvi Jaiswal and Gill inside the first hour of play after resuming on 119-1.
Left-hander Jaiswal added four to his overnight 76 with a boundary on the second ball but was dismissed after lobbing the fourth ball of the day back to spinner Joe Root, who jumped high to take the catch.
On Day 1, England played their attacking “Bazball” brand of cricket electing to bat at the start of the five-match series and managed 246 courtesy of skipper Ben Stokes’ 70.
(With AFP Inputs)
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