Shubman Gill, young Indian opener proved to be the find of the tour of Australia for the side as he notched up a composed half-century in the second innings of the fourth and final Test against Australia. The talented right-handed batsman slammed his second half-century in the longest format in just his third Test.
Shubman Gill (21y 133d) became the youngest Indian opening batsman to score 50+ runs in fourth innings with that fifty at Gabba, Brisbane. The youngster failed to get to his maiden Test century as he was dismissed for 91 by Nathan Lyon. He faced 146 deliveries in his knock of 91 runs. Shubman Gill scored 259 runs in 3 Tests averaging 51.8.
Shubman Gill Was A Bit Nervous But Grew In Confidence After Making His Debut In Tests For India
Be it his front-foot game against Nathan Lyon on debut in Melbourne or the way he took apart pacer Mitchell Starc at the Gabba, the fearless approach of Shubman Gill has impressed everyone.
Back home after helping the team to a series win in Australia, the opener said on Friday: “I am relaxed now. Making my debut for India is a big relief. I was a bit nervous, but with every innings I grew in confidence.”
In six outings in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, he never looked uncomfortable. His sublime 91 in the fourth innings set the tone for India’s historic victory on the final day.
The 21-year-old agreed with his father Lakhwinder Gill’s view on missing out on a hundred.
“A century could have been the cherry on the cake. I was well set and I should have scored the century, but at the same time, I am happy that I have contributed to the team’s victory. This series was a big learning curve for me and I have become a better cricketer,” Gill said.
“The next goal is to score consistently at this level. England series will be crucial for me because now I will not be an unknown entity. Facing the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer will be challenging, but I am up for it.”
Shubman Gill was swooped in as the replacement of Prithvi Shaw in the second Test against Australia but he has now undoubtedly cemented a permanent place in the playing XI of India’s Test team. In the unbelievable win in the fourth Test match, he amassed solid 91 runs while chasing stiff 328 runs in the second innings of the fourth Test. Although he missed the century, he has proved his batting prowess.
Shubman Gill Acknowledged Yuvraj Singh’s Contribution In Preparing Him Before IPL
Shubman Gill also acknowledged Yuvraj Singh’s contribution to his success in Australia. The former India player became a throw down expert for the youngster during a 21-day off-season stint before the IPL.
“The camp with Yuvi paaji before the IPL was very useful. During that camp, he prepared me to face chin music (bouncers). He used to throw hundreds of short-pitch balls to me from different angles, and I think it helped me a lot,” said Gill.
The youngster, who has come home after six months, wants to spend quality time with his family.
“I was craving for homemade food. For the next couple of days, I just want to be home and eat my favourite dishes,” he said.
But he doesn’t have much time as he is supposed to join the Indian team in Chennai next week for the upcoming Test series against England. India will play 4 Tests against England at home- 2 in Chennai and 2 in Ahmedabad.