Shubman Gill received harsh criticism from former coach Ravi Shastri after being dismissed for 17 in the series-deciding Test match between India and England on Friday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Gill and opening partner Cheteshwar Pujara were off to a start when India was asked to bat by England skipper Ben Stokes after winning the toss. They hit four boundaries in just 23 balls. India reached 27 in just six overs, however, Gill elbowed his bat at a wide delivery and was caught by Zak Crawley at second slip. Shastri was blunt in his criticism of Gill’s termination and called it out for what it was.
Shastri said during his commentary of the match, “That’s unfortunate. He (Shubman Gill) is a class act. He needs to bring that discipline into his game. That’s a nothing shot and he will be disappointed with it. This is a boundary-scoring ground but you need to put value on your wicket. You have to stick there and runs will come eventually.”
“Yeah, he will be mighty disappointed. When he is set, he makes runs come. Everything before this, there was intent. There was no intent here. It was just a tentative poke outside the off stump. Really a nothing shot. He will be very disappointed with this because he had done a little bit of the hard work. This is a boundary-scoring ground, Edgbaston. Stay at the crease, you will get runs. There is value for your shots,” Shastri added