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It’s high time Shubman Gill vindicated Rahul Dravid’s faith in his abilities

It’s high time Shubman Gill vindicated Rahul Dravid’s faith in his abilities

Ravichandran Ashwin, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj during the optional practice session on Tuesday. Reuters



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Hyderabad, January 23

When BCCI selected Shubman Gill for the Cricketer of the Year award, it was a just reflection of the wonderful 2023 he had in white-ball formats.

Last year, Gill became the fastest batter to the 2,000-run mark in ODIs, while making 1,584 runs from 29 matches at an average of 63.36 which included five hundreds.

He is doing all the right things. He is working really hard. He is putting in the time, putting in the effort (at nets). In the last season he got a couple of nice hundreds for us, one in Bangladesh and one in Ahmedabad against Australia. I think he is on the right track. Rahul Dravid, India coach

Gill, who made his T20 debut in January last year, had a fair run in that format too while playing 14 matches for 335 runs with a hundred, also becoming one of those rare batters to score a century in all three versions of the sport.

But all this glitter masked a rather underwhelming season Gill had in Test cricket. Gill made just 304 runs from seven Tests at an average of 27.63, with a 128 against Australia being the lone saving grace.

By no means, Gill has not been bundled into any last chance saloon but he will be mindful of the increasing competition from players such as Rajat Patidar, who made a rollicking hundred against England Lions in Ahmedabad recently.

But the elegant right-hander needs a good run in red-ball cricket and the five-match Test series against England offers him a brilliant chance to turn his fortunes around.

Since the series against West Indies, Gill, who till then was opening, has been batting at No. 3 as left-handed Yashasvi Jaiswal has formed a good alliance with captain Rohit Sharma.

Head coach Rahul Dravid also recently reasserted his faith in Rohit and Jaiswal, marking them as the preferred opening choices for this Indian team for the foreseeable future.

That has left Gill with less wriggle room as it will not be easy for him to return to the opening slot unless one of Rohit or Jaiswal is having a horror run or an unfortunate injury.

However, Dravid was not ready to pile pressure on Gill.

“Gill is a fine player. Starting out the journey as a cricketer sometimes… we forget that it takes a little bit of time at times. Some guys have success instantly, actually he is one of those guys who has done really well in some of his early days, especially in Australia,” Dravid said today.

The former Indian captain, who is well aware of what it takes to thrive on tough wickets, said Gill, like any other young player, will take some time to adapt.

“To be fair to him a lot of young guys coming through are playing on some challenging wickets, whether it’s been in India or England or West Indies. It has been a pretty challenging wickets for the last two or three years,” he noted.

Dravid said Gill has been putting some hard yards at nets and hoped that the 24-year-old would soon be back on track. “He is working really hard. He is putting in the time, putting in the effort (at nets). In the last season he has got a couple of nice hundreds. I think he is on the right track,” elaborated Dravid.

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