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Virendra Shewag slams Shubman Gill for playing for self-records over team progress

Virendra Shewag slams Shubman Gill for playing for self-records over team progress

Former Indian opener, captain Virender Sehwag clashed hard with Shubman Gill after the Gujarat Titans nearly lost a 154-round chase against the Punjab Kings. Shubman Gill had a lead of 17 of 9 balls in a game when opener partner Wriddhiman Saha got out for a quick 30 for 19. The conclusion of the Gujarat Titans chase.

He got out by the second ball of the final over in a desperate attempt to cross the line ahead of Sam Curran, GT still needed 6 runs to win. According to GT captain Hardik Pandya, without Rahul Tewatia’s tack on a short, skinny leg, it would be a “bitter pill” for the defending champion.

That was the problem with Gill’s batting in white ball cricket, particularly at T20. Despite all the sharp shots he has to offer and the good starts, he gets most of the time. His finishing pace is appalling and, what is worse, he tends to slow down considerably in overtime, which slows the progress of the team harms.  Underlining Gill’s success rate after the power play, Virender Sehwag, a former captain and opening batsman of India, said he shouldn’t think about achieving personal goals, but rather treat the game as the situation demands.  “He scored 67 balls out of 49,

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but when did he score 50?

He hit fifty balls out of maybe 41-42, then hit another 17 runs in 7-8 balls. Acceleration peaked after reaching fifty. If that hadn’t happened, GT might have been chasing 17 instead of 7,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz. The numbers already show it. Gill was 35 of 22 at one point but made 18 more deliveries to close 50 with less reach than a run-a-ball. You can’t believe it, let me get to 50 and we’ll still win the match. This is cricket. Read More: RCB will play in green jerseys against RR in the home match for their “Go-Green” Initiative

The moment you start thinking about your performance (rather than your team), you’re going to have a great cricket slapstick. It’s hard to imagine: had he shown the same intent and averaged nearly 200 shots around the 50 mark, he could have reached his milestone much sooner and saved his team more casualties,” added Sehwag.

Gil also agreed that he should finish the game by staying with it to the end. It slowed down the old bullet. So we had to start on the right foot. We lost some momentum when Hardik Bhai came out. He wasn’t a great defender but it was important to shoot back and not have the ball,” he said.


April 2024