India vs England Series: Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg reckons the young Indian batsman Shubman Gill has the potential to become one of the best openers over the next ten years across all formats. The 21-year-old rookie batsman makes his Test debut on Boxing Day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and has not looked back ever since. Meanwhile, Hogg also recognized a weakness in Gill's technique. Hogg believes the youngster must work further on his batting technique.
In a video on his YouTube channel, the Aussie left-arm spinner Brad Hogg stated that Shubman Gill has done superbly against the short-ball and he didn't hesitate in using the hook or pull shot to the full effect. Hogg also said that his scintillating performances have kept the Indian team management in check over the other Indian openers for the much-awaited series against England.
Notably, the first Test between India and England (IND vs ENG) will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from February 5. After that, the action shifts to Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad for the final two Tests, which include a pink-ball Day/Night Test, beginning from Feb 24.
Shubman Gill has played just three Tests and notched 259 runs at an average of 51.80 with two half-centuries under his belt. Having added two 50+stand with Rohit Sharma, the duo is likely to open the batting for India in the upcoming Test series against England as well.
Shubman Gill's sensational knocks were being instrumental in Team India ending Australia's 32-year unbeaten streak at The Gabba in Brisbane recently. Indian cricket team also pulled off a historic Test series victory Down Under for the second successive occasion.
"He (Shubman Gill) has got all the shots in the book. The thing that impressed me here in Australia was that when the Australians tested him with the short ball, he was prepared to take on the hook shot. He is going to be a little bit of a legend and he is going to be one of the best openers that the world sees over the next ten years in Test cricket," Brad Hogg said.
"There is only one little chink in the armour that he has got to work on, that is getting back and across and covering the off-stump when the ball is moving away and has got a little bit of an extra bounce. He tends to play away from his body. If he continues to play away from his body, he is going to come up short and he is going to feed those slips and he is going to find a little bit of trouble. If he can't get back and across, he has to learn to leave the ball early outside off-stump."