Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India all-rounder and head coach Ravi Shastri issued a stern warning to promising batter Shubman Gill after his dismal show in the first innings of the second Test against England in Vishakapatnam on Friday.

Gill made all the hard work and showed flashes of his brilliance by scoring 34 from just 46 deliveries. However, he missed out on a big score as he was dismissed just before the lunch break.

Gill got out when he played a hesitant stroke to a delivery from James Anderson outside the off-stump. Thus an outside edge was induced, which was brilliantly caught by Ben Foakes with a diving effort.

Shastri expressed his disappointment over the continuous failures of Gill in red ball cricket. As per the former head coach, senior players such as Cheteshwar Pujara are constantly under scrutiny. Consequently, it is crucial for the younger players to seize their opportunities and make them count.

“It’s a fresh side, a young side. These youngsters have to prove themselves. Don’t forget, Pujara is waiting. He is grinding it out in the Ranji Trophy and is always in the radar,” said Shastri.

Notably, Gill is currently facing difficulties in his new role at No. 3, as evidenced by his recent performances. On the other hand, Pujara is currently performing brilliantly in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. He has so far garnered a total of 538 runs in seven innings, averaging an impressive 89.66 this season.