Axar Patel highlights Shubman Gill’s biggest positive after Harare heroics: He keeps rotating the strike

India all-rounder Axar Patel praised teammate Shubman Gill and highlighted the young batter’s biggest positive after he hit his maiden ODI hundred against Zimbabwe on Monday.


  • Shubman Gill makes it a point to keep rotating the strike: Axar Patel
  • Gill was adjudged as the Player of the Series for scoring 245 runs
  • India defeated Zimbabwe in the 3rd match and clean swept the ODI series

India all-rounder Axar Patel hailed teammate Shubman Gill after the youngster scored his maiden ODI hundred against Zimbabwe to help the tourists complete a series sweep. Axar, when he was asked what has changed in Gill’s game, said that the 22-year-old does not play many dot balls and makes it a point to keep rotating the strike.

Gill, who made his International debut in an ODI in 2019, scored 130 off 97 balls as India posted 289 for eight against Zimbabwe and completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the hosts with a 13-run win. Gill has been in superb form with the bat in 2022 as he was awarded the Player of the Series against West Indies and picked up the same award for his success against Zimbabwe.

“He is taking singles and twos more regularly and is not playing a lot of dot balls. I think that is his biggest positive. Whenever he bats, he makes it a point to keep rotating the strike. He also converts bad balls into boundaries. He also plays spinners very well and is very good with the sweep and reverse sweep,” Axar said in the post-match presser after the 3rd ODI.

Axar came up with a hilarious reply when he was asked if Gill was as serious off the field as he is on it.

“Itna serious nahi hai, jab batting karta hai toh serious ho jaata hai (He is not so serious. He gets serious while batting). He (Gill) jokes around with everyone. But mostly he enjoys with Ishan (Kishan), me and Avesh (Khan),” Axar added.

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