Shubman Gill has to improve his defense: Sanjay Manjrekar

Shubman Gill has to improve his defense: Sanjay Manjrekar. Gill only made 23 runs in both innings of the first Test against England.

Shubman Gill had a difficult start to the year 2024. He looked ordinary in the two-match Test series against South Africa, and in the first match against England, the teenager failed to live up to his potential. Speaking about his struggles in the middle, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar stated that the 24-year-old needs to improve his defense.

In the absence of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul from the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam. Gill will have to shoulder greater responsibility because he has more experience than many of the hitters in the starting XI. He has previously performed well against both swing and spin, but his current form is a source of concern. Manjrekar noted that it will not be simple for him to regain his footing immediately. But this is an uncontrollable aspect that team management must cope with.

“How does Shubman Gill react to his failures?” If he wants to be the team’s most prolific run-getter at Test level, he must improve his defense against swing and spin. That is a matter for concern, and it will not be quickly resolved. “These are uncontrollable for the team management and selectors,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.

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Rajat Patidar replaces KL Rahul in the playing XI

Sarfaraz Khan’s wait continues as Rajat Patidar is awarded his debut cap ahead of the second Test against England. The 30-year-old was in exceptional form, scoring back-to-back century against the England Lions in January, which helped him clinch a spot on the Indian team.

Patidar will take on a lot of responsibility in the middle order after replacing KL Rahul, who performed admirably in the previous encounter. If the cricketer can show himself in Visakhapatnam, he might move up the pecking order and possibly replace Shreyas Iyer or Gill when Kohli and Rahul return.

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