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Gill to become one of the best openers in 10 years, says Hogg

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has showered Shubman Gill with praise, stating that the Indian youngster has the potential to become “a little bit of a legend” in the future.

According to Hogg, Gill can be one of the best openers of Test cricket in the coming 10 years.

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“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,” said Brad Hogg on his YouTube channel.

The 21-year-old opening batsman has got quite an impressive start to his Test career. After scoring a half-century in his second Test match, Gill followed it up with a brilliant 91 in the fourth innings of the Brisbane Test to play a big role behind India’s historic win at Gabba to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Overall Gill made 259 runs including two half-centuries from three Tests against Australia.

Hogg, however, has identified a technical error in Gill’s batting as well.

“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 said.

“He tends to play away from his body. Of course, 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.”

After a successful campaign Down Under, Gill has now shifted his focus to the upcoming four-match Test series against England, beginning February 5 in Chennai.

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