Former India starter Aakash Chopra has expressed surprise at Shubman Gill’s desire to bat at number three in the Tests, being accepted by the team management.
India captain Rohit Sharma recently raised several eyebrows by revealing that Gill was given the number three spot in the batting order after he requested the same. With Cheteshwar Pujara dropped from the Test squad for the ongoing series against West Indies, India needed a new player for the number three spot.
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While many expected Yashasvi Jaiswal to bat in that spot and Shubman Gill to follow up with Rohit Sharma, the team’s management delivered a surprise. In the ongoing first Test against the West Indies in Dominica, Jaiswal came out to start Rohit while Gill will bat at number three.
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Like fans, Aakash Chopra was also shocked by the move, as well as Rohit’s revelation that it was Gill who petitioned team management to demote him to number three.
“Shubman Gill told the team management that he wanted to play at number 3. It’s a very interesting thing, because you don’t normally hear things like that in Indian cricket. You don’t see a player telling team management that he likes to hit a particular position.
“Nobody makes that request, and nobody gives themselves that luxury. But the good thing is that Yashasvi Jaiswal can now open.” Chopra said on her official YouTube channel.
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Aakash Chopra isn’t surprised by Shubman Gill’s decision:
Speaking further, Aakash Chopra stated that he is not surprised by Shubman Gill’s decision to bat at number three instead of leading off the innings. The former cricketer turned commentator said a starter’s job is the “most difficult” in the batting order before saying he expected Shubman Gill to bat lower down the batting order at some point in his career. he.
“But in Test Cricket, if there is a difficult job, it is that of an opener. Especially away from home. No. 3 is still a challenging spot, but No. 4 is the most stable spot, and you usually keep your best hitter there. You don’t want him to hit with his tail.
“Shubman at number 3, I’m not surprised. I tweeted in 2020 that he would play a long time for India, but a few years from now, you would see him batting up the middle. Now, he himself has expressed that wish.” he said.
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