Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull spoke about new-age Indian batsmen playing on challenging pitches. He said young batsmen like Shubman Gill and Yashavi Jaiswal should try to score double hundreds.
India will face England in the five-match Test series. The first game of the series will be played. starting January 25 and all the attention will be on young Indian batsmen Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who have made a great start to their career.
Shubman Gill, in particular, started his career on a high, racking up solid half-centuries in Australia. But somehow after that, he has not been able to continue and has achieved a series of low scores. He moved to the number 3 spot, but it didn’t work out in his favor either, as he amassed just over 100 runs in 6 innings.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, on the other hand, had an impressive start to his career and was one of the main reasons why India won the Tests in the West Indies. But on the recent tour of South Africa, he had a horrible outing as he scored low in every game and failed drastically.
The main reason they don’t have consistent streaks is the type of courses they have played on, both at home and abroad. The surfaces have been quite challenging for the batsmen, which has not allowed the young players to settle and get runs as smoothly as it was before with the batsmen.
Simon Doull is aware of the fact that the launches have been challenging and urged them to achieve double the tons. He highlighted how players from previous generations used to score runs because the pitches were not difficult.
Simon Doull further mentioned that with the kind of pitches available today, no one expects young batsmen to average 55, 54, 53, like the Tendulkars, the Dravids, the Sehwags and the Laxmans. Speaking on the sidelines of ILT20, he explained, quoted by Hindustan Times:
“The only thing I would say is how do these modern Indian batsmen, the Shubman Gills and the (Yashasvi) Jaiswals, manage to score double Test hundreds? If you look at the careers of previous Indian batsmen and the careers of these new Indian players, you will feel:
“We don’t expect them to average 55, 54, 53, like the Tendulkars, the Dravids, the Sehwags and the Laxmans.” That’s because they play on surfaces that are more conducive to spin on Day 1.”
I don’t think it would work in a series of five tests – Simon Doull on Bazball
Simon Doull was further asked whether Bazball would work in India or not. In response to this, he stated that he could perform in two games but not in the entire five-match Test series. He believes England will bat with the same approach and it will be an incredible Test series. He added:
“I don’t like the term. But I enjoy the way they play. They won’t change the way they play, nor should they. He has been attractive; It has been a resurgence of Test cricket. I don’t think they’ll stop playing. It will work? It could be in a test or two.
I don’t think it would work in a series of five tests. (It’s not) good enough to beat an Indian team. “I think we have a great Test series ahead of us and it will be entertaining no matter how it goes, but I don’t think they can sustain it for a five-Test series.”
With a day left for the first Test between India and England, the visitors have already shown signs of aggression. They have named their XI and picked a fast bowler in the team.