WTC Final 2023: Shubman Gill will struggle in England, reckons former India coach Greg Chappell

Gill had an excellent start to the year with ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. He continued his rich vein of form in the IPL 2023 season with Gujarat Titans. The youngster racked up 890 runs for the Titans and won the Orange Cap in the tournament.

As the focus now shifts to Test cricket, Gill is set to play a big part in the upcoming World Test Championship Final. The 23-year-old is tipped to play the Final against Australia, and amid the absence of KL Rahul, he looks set to open the batting.

His flamboyance with the bat and elite technique has earned him a lot of plaudits across the world, but former Australia player Greg Chappell feels Gill will face trouble in England if the Aussies bowl in the right areas.

“I don’t wanna go into too much detail, but I’m sure the Australians must have seen a couple of things that I have seen. There are little things that Shubman does a few things early in his innings that make him vulnerable to that length around off stump, and if the ball bounces a little bit extra, he will susceptible to nicking off behind the wicket,” Chappell said on Backstage with Boria.

Chappell, who was formerly been a coach for India as well, also admitted if Australians don’t bowl well in the early overs, Gill can pounce and punish them if he gets set.

But he’s a very good player. If they don’t bowl, he will punish them,” Chappell added.

The former India coach also believes Australian speedster Mitchell Starc can be the biggest threat for Gill, as his lethal bowling up front can cause trouble.

“The bowlers who will trouble him most are the ones who get that extra pace like Mitchell Starc. That can worry anyone. The extra pace gets good players out. The extra bit of bounce also gets good players out and I think if Hazlewood is fit to play then he can be a problem for Shubman,” the 74-year-old further said.

It will be a big test for Gill and other Indian batters as they aim to fend off the Australian challenge in the WTC Final.

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