Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels it will be unfair on young batsman Shubman Gill if he is dropped when Rohit Sharma makes a return to the playing XI in the third Test against Australia. Incidentally, Gill has been handed the debut cap in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in place of Prithvi Shaw.
Gill was expected to start the Test series but the management showed trust in Shaw. But the young batsman from Mumbai failed to live up to the expectations with scores of 0 and 4 in both the innings. In the light of his dismal show. Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the playing XI in favour of Shubman Gill.
Will be unfair on Gill if he is dropped in next game – Gautam Gambhir
However, it will be interesting to see if the management persists with the youngster when Rohit Sharma becomes available for selection. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir addressed the same saying that it will be unfair on the young batsman if he doesn’t get a long rope.
“Only time will tell if Shubman Gill will be successful as an opening batsman. But getting an opportunity making your debut in a Boxing Day Test in Australia, it can’t get much bigger than that.
“But again I expect the team management not to pick him on hope. Pick him on trust. Because if you pick somebody on trust you end up giving him a longer opportunity or a longer run. When you pick someone on hope, you are only expecting I hope he does well,” Gautam further said.
Team India has a jam-packed top-order in the presence of Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul, who are fighting for two spots. The availability of Rohit Sharma will make things even more difficult for the Indian think tank. Gautam Gambhir, however, feels even when Rohit returns, the team management should give Shubman a spot somewhere in the batting order.
“So, if you pick Shubman Gill I am sure they will be thinking about showing that trust in him. Even if Rohit Sharma comes back, they have got to push him somewhere in that batting order.
“It will be very unfair on Shubman Gill if he opens batting and gets to a 20-30 and then suddenly Rohit Sharma comes back and Gill finds himself outside the playing XI,” Gautam Gambhir signed off.