WTC Final: Shubman Gill’s poor run continues, fails to deliver in World Test Championship final

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WTC Final: Shubman Gill’s poor run continues, fails to deliver in World Test Championship final – India opener Shubman Gill, who scored 28 runs in the first innings of the World Test Championship final, continued his poor form in the second innings of WTC final by scoring just eight runs in 33 balls. Gill was sent back by veteran New Zealand bowler Tim Southee. An inswinging delivery by Southee hit Gill’s pad in front of wickets and he was given out LBW. Gill had a brief chat with his partner Rohit Sharma about taking a DRS but Rohit denied it. 

Shubman Gill vs Australia

Matches – 3

Runs – 259

AVG – 51.80

Gill made his international debut in India’s tour of Australia where Team India defeated the hosts 2-1. Gill impressed everyone with his perfomance down under. He scored 259 runs in three games against the Aussies with an average of 51.80. He played an outstanding knock of 91 in the Gabba Test. 

Shubman Gill vs England

Matches – 4

Runs – 119

AVG – 19.83

However, after the dream Test debut, his perfomance in the longest format of the game went south. In India’s home series against England Gill could only score 119 runs in four games which also includes a fifty. He averaged 19.83 in the England series. And now in the WTC Final against New Zealand, he has scored just 36 runs. 

Ahead of the WTC final, there was a question mark on Gill’s form and many cricket experts were also saying that India should go back to the successful opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma. Mayank lost his place as an opener to Gill ahead of India’s tour of Australia. Mayank had scored 1052 runs in 14 Test so far but was dropped as he could not replicate his perfomance outside home conditions. 

India have another opening option in the name of KL Rahul. Now it will be interesting to see how many more chances Gill gets or will we see a new opening combination in the England series?