Shubman Gill, hailed as the Prince of Indian cricket and often considered the heir to Virat Kohli’s legacy, is facing challenges in T20 Internationals. Despite an impressive record in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gill’s performance in T20I has raised questions about his spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
In the recent T20 International series against South Africa, Gill’s struggles were evident as he managed to score only 8 runs in the second match and failed to open his account in the series opener. The talented opening batsman, who enjoys the confidence of the team management, faces a dilemma with a less-than-impressive T20I record.
Gill’s T20I statistics reveal a cause for concern, with 312 runs in 13 innings across 13 matches, averaging 26 and a strike rate of 145.11. While these figures may seem decent, a closer look unveils a reliance on a single innings where he scored an unbeaten 126 out of the 312 runs. Excluding this exceptional performance, Gill managed 184 runs in 12 matches, emphasizing the need for consistent contributions.
In the last 8 innings, Gill has struggled to reach double figures, with only one notable exception – a match against West Indies where he scored 77 runs. With the T20 World Cup looming on the horizon, the competition for the opening slot intensifies as Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Ishan Kishan stake their claims.
Despite his T20I challenges, Gill has showcased his prowess in T20 cricket through the Indian Premier League, amassing 2790 runs in 88 innings from 91 matches. His highest score of 129, coupled with an impressive batting average of 37.7 and a strike rate of 134.07, highlights his capability in the format.
As the cricketing world gears up for the T20 World Cup, Shubman Gill finds himself at a crucial juncture. While his IPL performances underscore his T20 credentials, he must address the inconsistencies in his T20I outings to solidify his spot in the national team. The competition for the opening slot is fierce, and Gill’s response to these challenges will determine his role in the upcoming T20 extravaganza.