Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s all-format batter Shubman Gill couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity given to him and he eventually made his way for opener Yashasvi Jaiswal in the series decider against Afghanistan on Sunday.

At a time when promising batter Gill’s T20I form is under scanner, former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has explained why the premier batter is finding it hard to perform to the best of his abilities.

“I think Shubman Gill has done an injustice to his talent in the last few games. He is too good a player and has too much skill for the kind of hurry that he has been showing. He scores 20-odd and then plays a loose shot. This is what he wasn’t doing when he had a successful year,” said Butt during a recent interaction

“He just needs to bat and bat without doing anything special. He needs to realise that even if you are the best batter in the world, you can’t play every ball on your own terms. You have to react to the ball instead of dictating it,” he added.

Notably, Yashasvi Jaiswal replaced Gill in the second T20 against Afghanistan. He grabbed the opportunity with both the hands by smashing 68 off 34 balls in Indore to help India take an unassailable 2-0 lead over the minnows. Thus the southpaw strengthened his selection case by playing the match-winning knock.