Shubman Gill built on the good work that he had done in his first Test match in the Boxing Day Test and went on to score his first maiden fifty in the Sydney Test on Friday.
By doing so, the 21-year-old Shubman Gill became the 4th youngest Indian opener to score a fifty outside Asia.
Shubman Gill Doesn’t Seem To Get Carried Away: Michael Hussey
Preceding Shubman Gill in this list were Ravi Shastri (vs England, 1982), Madhav Apte (vs WI, 1952/53), Prithvi Shaw (vs NZ, 2019/20). Indian current head coach Ravi Shastri was the youngest in the list.
Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey, who was commentating while the opener was batting at the crease said that the youngster was very quickly becoming his favourite player to watch.
“This guy is very quickly becoming my favourite player to watch. He is a gun. Plays well of the front-foot, but even better off the backfoot. And that sends a message to the bowler.”
“I just love the unflappable nature of both (Gill and Rohit Sharma) these players. But in particular Gill, someone so young, early in his career. Nothing seems to faze him, and he doesn’t seem to get carried away.”
“He is flamboyant at the crease and is just about batting, keeping it simple. Unassuming at the crease. He is wonderful to watch and has played some magnificent shots,” Michael Hussey said on Sony TV.
Shubman Gill became the 4th youngest Indian opener to score fifty outside Asia on Friday. He was eventually dismissed for 50 when he edged a Pat Cummins delivery to gully. He made his Test debut for India in the Boxing Day Test scoring 45 and unbeaten 35. So he has totalled 130 runs in 3 innings averaging 65.
Shubman Gill Is A Classy Player Who Can Play For Next 10 Years: Michael Hussey
This is not the first time the Australia batsman has praised Shubman Gill’s talent. While watching him bat on his debut in the Boxing Day Test, Michael Hussey had said that his talent was such that he could go on to play for India for the next 10 years.
“Shubman Gill what a classy player. Here’s a player who can play for the next 10 years for India. He looks classical and maybe he should have played the first Test in the first place,” Michael Hussey said on ESPNCricinfo.
India had decided to play Prithvi Shaw in the first Test match in Adelaide, but after the batsman failed to perform Shubman Gill was brought in for the Boxing Day Test. The batting debacle where India registered lowest ever Test score of 36 coupled with Prithvi Shaw’s flaws in batting technique and his low scores saw him axed.