Shubman Gill’s batting position can’t be judged after one innings: Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: According to batting coach Vikram Rathour, Shubman Gill possesses the necessary skills to bat at the critical number three position in the Indian Test line-up since he can change tempos as needed and shouldn’t be judged by a single miscue.
India defeated the West Indies in the first Test by an innings and 141 runs, although Gill’s maiden match in place of the tenacious Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t go well. He was out for 6 in India’s lone innings, which additionally featured hundreds from captain Rohit Sharma, debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Virat Kohli’s 76.
“Three openers were supposed to play, so one had to go at No. 3 and the proposal came from Shubman’s end as his rationale was that he had played all his cricket for Punjab and India A at either No. 3 or 4 and that’s his real slot in longer format is that,” Rathour said during a press conference.
“We can’t judge him on basis of one innings. He has a lot of time. He has the technique and temperament to play time if required and can also play an attacking game when a move on is needed. He can move the game forward. That is what we need at No. 3 as it can be advantageous.”
The former Test opener commented on skipper Rohit’s hundred by saying that the Indian captain’s capacity for game change is what makes him the player that he is.
“In the last series versus Australia also, he scored a hundred. There is no concern about his batting. We have seen that he can change his game as per requirements. Like he did against Australia and now here. Knowing that you need to change your game is one thing but being able to do that is different. He can do that.”
(With PTI inputs)

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