Harbhajan Singh wants his state’s cricketer Shubman Gill to represent India in more Test matches than him. The veteran off-spinner stated that he would be more than happy if the young gun plays for many years for the country. Harbhajan’s overwhelming reaction had come after Gill was one of the significant architects of The Gabba Test win against Australia.
Shubman Gill was swooped in as the replacement of Prithvi Shaw in the second Test against Australia but he has now undoubtedly earned the permanent place in the playing XI of India’s Test team. In the unbelievable win in the fourth Test match, Gill amassed solid 91 runs while chasing 328 runs in the second innings of the fourth Tests. Although he missed the century, he has proved his batting prowess. It would be no wrong to say that he filled the huge void of Virat Kohli in the three Tests.
I want Shubman Gill to play as many years as he can: Harbhajan Singh
Seeing Gill’s ethereal batting, Harbhajan Singh has advised Shubman Gill to stay focused on his cricket career. He is proud that after a long a Punjab cricketer has become an opener of India’s Test team. The off-spinner, who has himself represented India in 103 Test matches, desires that the 21-year-old features in more Test matches than him.
“My only advice to my younger brother Shubman Gill will be to stay focus and look forward all the time. You’re the first opener after (Navjot Singh) Siddhu to play for India (from Punjab).
“I hope you end up playing more Test matches than Navjot Singh Siddhu and I’d more than happy and proud if you end up playing more Test matches than me,” Harbhajan Singh, who has played 103 Tests told India Today.
“I don’t know whether he’ll be captain of India or not but I want him to play as many years as he can. He’s got the game, he’s got the mindset. It will come down to hard work and keeping the focus and giving importance to the game which he has been giving over the years.
Shubman Gill’s next assignment in England:
With the prolific tour of Australia, Shubman Gill has come under the limelight but Harbhajan Singh wants him to not get carried away with the stardom.
“It will be even more difficult now as he will have a lot of other commitments since he’s a name now, he’s a known boy, a lot of endorsements and other things will come his way but he needs to stay focused,” Harbhajan Singh said.
Shubman Gill ended up with 259 runs in three Tests in Australia at an average of 51.8. His next assignment will be against England, in which he will open the batting with Rohit Sharma in the four-match Test series starting from February 5.