T20 World Cup 2024: Shubman Gill or Yashasvi Jaiswal?

Rohit Sharma already secured his place as team skipper for India at the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2024. However, other players must fight for their place on this team, as India hopes to end their ICC trophy drought.

India requires another reliable cricketer in an opening batter. Two main choices – Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal – are currently on the lips of many commentators ahead of final selection.

Who Makes the List between Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal on Paper?

Shubman Gill will easily go to the T20 World Cup 2024 if we look at his performances compared to Yashasvi’s. Gill took up his new role as Gujarat Titans (GT) captain in great stride with 263 runs so far in IPL 2024. However, Jaiswal has not managed to rediscover his sizzling-hot form in recent games. Jaiswal continues to struggle with just over a hundred runs across 7 games.

What Do Legendary Cricketers Have to Say About the Team Selection?

Eoim Morgan weighs in

Veteran cricketer Eoin Morgan granted an interview to analyse India’s chances at the World Cup. He seemed quite keen on The Men in Blue selecting Gill and other top players for the tournament:

Shubman Gill’s a magnificent player and highly regarded, not just here, but around the world, for me has to be a contender to be on the plane, let alone get in that strongest XI and when it comes to contending for batting positions, in that six or seven batters that they might take given the all around us that they have, it does come up to probably him or Yashasvi Jaiswal. And not a case of him against Virat Kohli. For me, Virat Kohli is there already,” Morgan commented.

Jaiswal managed 625 runs last season with an impressive 163.6 strike rate. Morgan believes his performances put him in contention for a spot in India’s final T20 World Cup squad:

So I mean, he’s doing everything he can. He’s managing his own game. He’s recognising the responsibilities as captain and also the fact that they’re two separate entities. I think that will help him learn more as a captain, moving forward and also aid his game as well. So for me, he’s in contention with Yashasvi,”

Zaheer Khan comments on selection headache for BCCI officials

Zaheer Khan also appeared to note the close comparison between Yashasvi and Shubman for a spot in Team India’s T20 squad:

Well, selectors are definitely gonna have some good headaches there, because when you’re looking at the top order of of any team, there is a lot of traffic jam there. You know which direction selectors are going to go and we have to wait and see. But if you ask me, Shubman has to be there, and it will be between Yashasvi and Shubman for sure. Maybe they will stick to Virat being at at number three. They’ve already announced Rohit as captain. So you you know that there is only one spot up for grabs,” Khan added.

Shubman Gill Career Stats

Shubman Gill Batting and Fielding Stats

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests25464149212835.52251359.374617024210
ODIs44447227120861.372195103.4661325452300
T20Is1414133512625.76227147.5711311630
T20s13313019406512936.622967137524393131450

Shubman Gill Bowling Stats

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests2517100.85000
ODIs441121105.5000
T20Is14
T20s133

(stats are accurate as of April 18, 2024)

Yashasvi Jaiswal Career Stats

Yashasvi Jaiswal Batting and Fielding Stats

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests9161102821468.53146770.07341082990
T20Is1716150210033.46310161.93145528120
T20s89864244312429.791656147.52215296103350

Yashasvi Jaiswal Bowling Stats

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests916606000
T20Is171611011000
T20s8941941012.900

(stats are accurate as of April 18, 2024)

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