Former India player, Abhinav Mukund has recently talked about young India star, Shubman Gill.
According to him, Gill’s form is not a major cause of worry for India at the moment as he has been batting brilliantly in the past two years.
Meanwhile, India is facing the West Indies today for the 2nd ODI at Bridgetown and will be eyeing a series win today itself.
On the other hand, the spinners were in really good form in the 1st ODI which India won by 5 wickets.
Therefore, Mukund feels that India will not be making any changes to their playing XI for the 2nd ODI.
No, I don’t see India making any changes to the playing XI primarily because they have handed a debut to Mukesh Kumar and also given him the new ball. Hardik Pandya and Mukesh Kumar will open the bowling in this series.
Adding further, he says,
They tried out Hardik with the new ball for just the second time in ODIs and more so the batting order was also tinkered around with a little bit. As far as bowling is concerned, I don’t see them making any changes because I know Chahal (Yuzvendra) will be getting a game at some point.
Nikhil Chopra keeps a different opinion from Mukund
However, Mukund’s co-panelist on JioCinema, Nikhil Chopra gave a very different opinion on India’s playing XI for the 2nd ODI.
He stated that India could make a change in the spin combination for the 2nd ODI.
The only change that I feel can happen is in the spin department as both Axar Patel and Yuzi Chahal are sitting out. Ravindra Jadeja had a pretty good day on Thursday, with him getting three wickets and also scoring an unbeaten 16. So, if any changes are there then it’s in the spin department.
Unfortunately, Gill is not having a very great tour at the moment as he faltered even during the 1st ODI. So, should India be concerned about him in any way?
I think it’s too early to talk about Shubman Gill’s failure because he has had a phenomenal last couple of years. It is important as a viewer and as an Indian cricket fan to not mess up formats. I feel we always tend to mix up formats and we tend to drop here and there, and we tend to associate form concerned with certain formats. The Test format is done with. As far as ODIs are concerned, Shubman Gill is our top player, and I think he should go to the World Cup. I don’t think his form is a concern. I’m sure he’ll be back with a bang.
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