“There are holes in his technique”: the former New Zealand all-rounder on Shubman Gill
In the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies, India’s opening hitter Shubman Gill was in fine form and he recorded 205 runs, with a best of 98 in the third and final ODI. This performance helped him win the Player of the Series award. After the series win, alternate captain Shikhar Dhawan said Gill had a bit of Rohit in him. However, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes it’s too early to call him a complete player and there are holes in his technique.
“You’re still learning, even towards the end Tendulkar was still learning his craft and he played, what was that? 200 test matches. So, you know, I think, you would never tag somebody. one as young as Shubman Gill, like a complete player. I still think there are holes in his game. I think there are holes in his technique that the opposition will look to exploit, but he has all the skills and the other component,” Styris said on SPORTS18’s daily sports news program ‘SPORTS ABOVE’.
“What makes a world-class player is his mental thought process, his maturity and his leadership. And I think he has that too. And for that reason, yeah, you’re absolutely right, you can keep him up there with the Rohits, KL Rahuls and Shikhars in terms of openers,” he added.
On the other hand, former national manager Saba Karim believes Gill can continue to lead Punjab in domestic tournaments and the leadership experience will help the right-handed hitter in the future.
“I think it’s good to get some kind of experience. And I think a year, two years around the line, we might see Shubman brought up to lead one of them in the Indian T20 league.And I think once he gets that kind of experience, Also, he can successfully lead Punjab at national level which he will really enjoy.Thus he will gain experience and, as you rightly said, he has shown some leadership skills, so that will really do Shubman Gill well in the future,” Karim said.
“I consider him a versatile player because at this stage he has been seen hitting so well for India as a fly-half. But given the opportunity, I’m sure he can do well at the number three, to number four and I think especially in the T20 format you look at players who can beat number one, number two and number 3. So I think in that kind of mold, Shubman Gill can fit integrate quite easily,” he added.
On Saturday, Gill was named in India’s squad for the next three-game ODI series against Zimbabwe, starting August 18.
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