After the second ODI against West Indies, former Pakistan Captain expressed that Shubman Gill needs to be more responsible while selecting shots. According to Butt, the bloke has immense potential but his poor shot selection has cost his wicket every time. On Butt’s youtube channel, he told,
“Shubman Gill played well, but once again threw his wicket after being set. He’s been doing that repeatedly now. While he does play very well, I think he needs to carry on and score big because he has a lot of talent .”
Gill played his first ODI back in 2019 in New Zealand, in a 5 match series. He just played the first two of it and got benched. A year later, he got another opportunity against Australia, and he scored 33.
His comeback in the first ODI against West Indies was pretty impressive. He scored a rampant half-century (64 of 53) until he was running out by WI skipper Nicholas Pooran. However, in the second ODI, he was just 7 runs behind his second ODI half-century. The culprit has indeed been his shot selection. He was dismissed as the ball took a bottom against Kyle Mayers while he was hitting a scoop shot.
Salman Butt applauds Indian Bench
The middle order put a great show with the bat in the second ODI. Shreyas Iyer managed a composed half-century (63 of 71), whereas Sanju Samson (54 of 51) grabbed his chance too. These guys’ partnership played a very crucial role to set a platform, though a bit difficult, for Axar Patel. Axar indeed played the biggest role, rescuing India when the run rate had exceeded 10. He scored the fastest half-century (64 of 35) as an Indian against WI in ODIs. Decorated with five sixes and four boundaries, Axar was undoubtedly the showstopper!
Salman Butt is in all praise about this young team! This team managed to chase such a huge score (312), even in the absence of big names like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, etc. On this, he said,
“India have a solid bench strength. They are in a developmental phase and a lot their pool of players is continuously increasing. We can’t see much difference in the team even when several big names are absent. This is because the management is providing consistent opportunities and the players have been responding well. The communication has become very clear.“
India had whitewashed West Indies by 3-0, winning the last one via the DLS merhod. However, Gill missed his well deserved century by just 2 runs, as it was declared rain delay.
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