Sanjay Manjrekar feels Shubman Gill can’t rely on his front foot all the time, especially in English conditions. He feels that the youngster is getting surprised by the ball coming into him because he is looking to get on the front foot for the pitched-up deliveries.
In the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, Gill got a start in the first innings, scoring 28 runs. However, in the second innings, he was trapped in front of the stumps by Tim Southee for 8.
After the WTC Final, India will play 5 Tests against England, starting August 4. Manjrekar, during an interaction with ESPNCricinfo, highlighted that Gill has to work on his footwork ahead of the England series.
“He will have to work on his footwork, something that is obvious for everyone to see. Getting out to the ball leaving and coming back in is a problem. It’s always front foot. Shubman Gill, right through this Test match not once I saw him going back,” he said.
“He is really focused on making sure he doesn’t get out to the ball that is pitched up. Again he got caught up in making sure that the front pad is across and worried about the outswinger,” he added.
The 55-year-old also explained that the 21-year-old’s current footwork will work in Australia where the ball at times shoots along the ground due to the cracks. However, while batting in England, Gill should improve his footwork.
“It is the kind of footwork where you see from batters when you are playing in Australia in grounds like Adelaide where the ball just shoots along the ground,” the cricketer-turned-commentator stated.
“In that case, come what may, you have to come on the front foot. I am a little skeptical if it is the right way to go about to be on the front foot all the time (in England),” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.