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'A bowler's captain': India pacer Avesh Khan praises Shubman Gill's captaincy

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NEW DELHI: India's fast bowler Avesh Khan has praised Shubman Gill 's leadership, calling him a "bowler's captain." Avesh highlighted Gill's supportive captaincy, which played a significant role in helping him take key wickets in the ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe.

In the third T20I match held in Harare, Gill top-scored with a 49-ball 66, setting a 183-run target for Zimbabwe. Avesh contributed with figures of 2 for 39, leading to India's 23-run victory and a 2-1 series lead.

Avesh appreciated Gill's leadership style during a post-match interview with Sony Sports. He emphasized how Gill grants bowlers freedom and steps in with his plans when needed.

"Shubman Gill is a bowler's captain. He gives a lot of freedom to the bowlers. He gives them a chance to set their own fields. He always backs you if you are executing your plans," Avesh said. "If things go slightly awry and you get hit, he brings his own plan and tells you what needs to be done. That always helps a lot. He has contributed to me getting one or two wickets."

Avesh also discussed his approach to bowling and his flexibility during different game phases.

"Whenever I talk to the captain, I tell him that I have no preferences about when to bowl, that he can make me bowl anytime and I am always ready. I always bowl with the attitude to pick up wickets for the team," he added.

Avesh has been a standout performer for India in the series, securing six wickets at an economy rate of 7.54 in the first three games. His best performance came in the second game, where he achieved figures of 3/15, contributing significantly to India's 100-run victory.

In the third T20I, Shubman Gill's solid batting efforts and Avesh Khan's critical wickets were pivotal in India taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match series against Zimbabwe.
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