Sanjay Manjrekar puts Gill's failure in WTC final on flawed footwork
Former India cricketer-turned-commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, criticised Shubman Gill’s footwork and blamed it for the young opener’s failure in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand here.
SOUTHAMPTON: Former India cricketer-turned-commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar, criticised Shubman Gill's footwork and blamed it for the young opener's failure in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand here. Gill was caught by wicket-keeper BJ Watling for 28 in the first innings, while in the second innings he was out leg-before to Tim Southee for 8.
"He (Gill) will have to work on his footwork. It is something that is very obvious for everyone to see. He is getting out to the ball that is leaving and the ball that's coming back in. It's a problem, and like I mentioned in the first innings, it's always the front foot," said Manjrekar on espncricinfo.com.
"Right through this Test match, not once have I seen him (Gill) go back, so he is really focused on making sure he doesn't get out to the ball that is pitched up. There was a lot of talk about his front pad not going far enough and getting caught on the crease in Australia. So, he is working excessively on that and (on Tuesday) again he got caught up in making sure that the front pad is across. He left some balls beautifully but then the ball coming back in really surprised him," added Manjrekar. Manjrekar felt that not just Gill but stalwarts such as Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli too were getting into the habit of going in with a "dogmatic approach". (IANS)