‘Did Sachin, I or Gambhir play those cheeky shots?’ – Virender Sehwag lashes out on Shubman Gill for poor batting approach


Shubman Gill didn’t get to a good start in the IPL 2022. He scored a three-ball duck and got out playing an irresponsible stroke in the match against Lucknow Super Giants. Now, Virender Sehwag has shared his opinion stating that none of the players like Sachin Tendulkar would have played such a stroke at the beginning of the innings.

Shubman Gill is looked down as the future of Indian cricket. He has played some serious good knocks with the bat in his short international career. He played exceedingly well in Australia during the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21. However, a crucial injury ruled him out for a span of time.

Virender Sehwag is not impressed with Shubman Gill’s batting approach

Shubman Gill

Every eyeball was on him as he was going to play for Gujarat Titans after getting released by Kolkata Knight Riders. But, he didn’t get to a dream start in the tournament as he got out to Dushmantha Chameera on the 3rd delivery of the game.

Post-match, Virender Sehwag literally lashed out at the batting approach of Shubman Gill in his 1st match of the season. He said that Shubman Gill is a better ODI player in comparison to the shorter format. As per the former Indian opener, players, who can smash and gather runs in the powerplay are only successful in T20 cricket. But the strokes should be safe to play and not the innovative ones

“I think he is a better ODI player. Because in T20 cricket, those players succeed who can hit boundaries at will inside the Powerplay. That is what he needs to work on. He has given statements and said that I have learned some cheeky shots, but with his batting, he does not need to play cheeky shots. Even if he plays normal cricket, he can give a better start,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

Sehwag said that Shubman Gill should know the major difference between playing in T20 and ODI format. He added that last year his strike rate was around 120 and everyone expect him to improve in that area. But, that doesn’t mean that he should start hitting from the word go during his innings. As per him, the strike rate is very easy to increase as Ayush Badoni and Deepak Hooda did in the same game under the same conditions.

“He should not forget that when T20 cricket comes around, he either plays too fast or too slow. Last year, he had a strike rate of 120 and we thought that he should increase it. This year, I hope he does not start at 150 and goes off track. Strike rate can be improved while playing normally which Badoni and Hooda showed,” said Sehwag further.

“But Gill needs to get there. He scores 25-30 runs and gets out. Strike rate will increase once you reach 60, 70, or 80. That is when you can play freely. Did Sachin Tendulkar or I or Gautam Gambhir as openers play those cheeky shots. I don’t think so. You can score runs before being cheeky and score quickly,” he added.

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