Former New Zealand all-rounder, Scott Styris has advised team India to play Shubman Gill instead of Prithvi Shaw in the second Test. Speaking after India’s 10 wicket loss in the first Test at Basin Reserve Wellington, the former New Zealander backed Shubman Gill to come good in swinging condition in New Zealand. While terming Shubman Gill a long term prospect, Scott Styris alleged India of wasting his talent in the side-lines only.
The former New Zealand all-rounder said, “I am currently, as I have been for a year or two, flying the flag for Shubman Gill. I think he is a special talent who India is leaving out unnecessarily. I think he could be the mainstay along with Kohli for the next 10 years for this batting line-up for India. I am not sure if he feels the same way, I would get him into the side,” in conversation with MayantiLanger and Sanjay Manjrekar on Star Sports’ post-match analysis show.
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Shubhman Gill has been in red hot form in recently concluded unofficial test series between India A and New Zealand A. Throughout the series, the Right hander was utterly dominant in his outings. Gill scored a mammoth 423 (83, 204* & 136) runs in three innings of that two-match test series at an average of 211.50 and a strike rate of 76.63.
India went in with the opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw at ‘windy’ Wellington. While Mayank Agarwal looked confident in both the innings even hitting a well compiled 58 in the second innings, Prithvi Shaw wasclearly struggling in swinging and seaming conditions of New Zealand. Shaw’s lack of footwork did not help him in tuff batting conditions as he could only manage 16 and 14 runs in both the outings respectively.
After the match, Indian Captain Virat Kohli also agreed that it’s the batsmen who had let them down in the first Test. However, he did not indicate any changes in the XI for the next test. But if there happens any change, this one will be the first of them.