Former West Indies legend Ian Bishop has identified a glitch in Shubman Gill's batting technique. In an interview with Sportstar, Bishop heaped praise on Shubman Gill, describing him as an "elegant, eye-catching" batsman. Read more – Inputs from legends like Yuvi paaji and Sachin sir helped me: Shubman Gill
Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill made all cricket fans fall in love with his batting in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Gill made his Test debut in the second Test and piled up 259 runs, including two half-centuries. Gill's 91 on the final day of the historic Brisbane Test set the tone in India's record-breaking chase.
Ian Bishop hailed Gill as an elegant batsman and was awestruck by watching Gill's ability to counterattack short balls. "In Australia, on those slightly bouncier pitches, Gill’s ability to play back and forward appropriately, to take on the short ball with aplomb, as a subcontinental player is the hallmark of the new generation of batsmen," he said.
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"This hasn’t always been that way, as we know. His eye-catching, tall, elegant, languid stroke play was easy on the eye. His willingness to respect a certain slow or fast phase of the game showed a good cricketing mind and willingness to be flexible. It wasn’t a case of 'this is the one way I play and I’ll only play that way'. More than anything, he kept improving and not backing down," Bishop added.
Bishop also feels that there's a glitch in Gill's batting technique which he's concerned about. However, the West Indian said that Gill is aware of it. "He does have a glitch in technique which I was concerned about. He plays often from the leg stump, or leg side of the ball, which encourages seamers to challenge him around the fourth or fifth stump and bring the outside edge into play," Bishop said.
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"Much in a way like Virender Sehwag used to do and he wasn’t too bad a player. In his final innings at Brisbane, he came across his stumps more at times and didn’t let his hands and bat stray too far from his body where he lost control of his stroke outside his eye line. So, he seems aware of it and is prepared to adapt. If he can achieve that, he will be able to continue to score under almost all conditions," Bishop concluded.