Hayden responds to Gavaskar’s ‘harsh’ criticism of Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill

During the seventh over of the innings, Gill got injured while taking a quick single, and he needed the physio’s assistance. As a result, he took a brief pause to recover. However, Gavaskar, who was on commentary with Hayden, expressed his displeasure with Gill’s decision to take a break. Gavaskar was straightforward in his evaluation of the opener’s actions. Hayden called Gavaskar’s comment ‘harsh’.


The 3rd Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is taking place at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Rohit Sharma and his team were looking to seal the series and book their place in the World Test Championship finals after winning the first two games comfortably. However, things did not go as planned.

India won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that was turning a lot. The Australian spinners took advantage of the conditions and wreaked havoc. At lunch, India had lost 7 wickets for just 84 runs, with Matthew Kuhnemann, Nathan Lyon, and Todd Murphy taking all the wickets. Kuhnemann and Lyon took 3 wickets each, while Murphy removed Virat Kohli from the game. Legendary Australian opener Matthew Hayden was critical of the spinning conditions in Indore.

“There’s some calmness in the Indian camp because they are so successful in last two Test matches. But just look at the average turn here. This is why I have a problem with these conditions, because there’s no way in the world that a spin bowler would come on the 6th over. No way,”

Hayden said during live commentary.

He further said:

Here in Indore, the average turn is 4.8 degrees. That’s a massive turn, that’s the turn you expect on Day 3. You’ve got to give batters a chance, Ravi (Shastri). Judge your players on their performance in Test match cricket. Day 1 and Day 2 should be about batting.”

After the play of Day 1, Australia leads by 47 runs. India will look to restrict the Aussies as soon as possible tomorrow on Day 2.

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