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Of all the top stars to make up the Indian cricket team for the World Test Championship finals, Shubman Gill is a batsman who will be closely watched. The past year has been a great time for the heady opener. Be it Tests, ODIs, T20Is or even the recently concluded IPL, Gill has proven himself to be the new big thing in the world of cricket. Naturally, the 23-year-old’s expectations are high as the WTC final approaches. This time India takes on Pat Cummins’ Australia for a chance to end their decade-long ICC title drought. Ahead of the final, however, Australia’s great and former coach Greg Chappell has pointed out a few areas that could prove tricky for Gill.
“I’ve seen him a little bit. I’ve seen him in Australia. The one thing India has done right, probably every other team in world cricket, is their developing players have played a lot of cricket. They certainly, they have a lot foreign cricket, so Shubman has played a lot of cricket,” said Gregg Chappell in an interview on Backstage With Boria.
“He’s been to England before. He’ll struggle like everyone else in English conditions if the Australians bowl well. The bowlers who will bother him the most are those who have extra pace, like Mitchell Starc. The extra pace brings out good players the extra bit of bounce also takes out good players and I think if Hazlewood is fit to play he could be a problem for Shubman If Hazlewood doesn’t play Boland will most likely play and he’s another bowler that everyone He bowls a good line He bowls a very good length can be in English conditions.
“I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I’m sure the Australians must have seen some things I’ve seen. There are little things that Shubman does early in his innings that make him vulnerable to that. around the stump and if the ball bounces a little bit extra I think he’ll be susceptible to a tee behind the wicket That will be an area the Australians will focus on But he’s a very good player If they don’t do come well, he will punish them.”
This is India’s second World Test Championship final. In the 2021 final, India lost to New Zealand.
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