Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendry batsman and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed promising batsman Shubman Gill for the way he got out in the first Test against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.

After getting set with all the hard work till stumps on the first day, Gill threw away his wicket. After playing 66 balls and scoring 23 runs with the slowest strike rate among all batters that have gone past the 20-run mark in this Test, Gill gift-wrapped his wicket to England.

“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,” said Gavaskar.

Notably, in his 37 innings, there have been 10 occasions when Gill has crossed the 25-mark without reaching a half-century. For a batter of his talent, that is worrisome.

Coming back to the game, hosts India are on a formidable position with over 150 runs lead in the first innings.