Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has heaped high praise on Shubman Gill for the manner in which the 21-year-old has taken to Test cricket courtesy his solid defence, positive strokeplay and clarity of thought.
Shubman Gill had displayed his class in his debut Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with his rock solid defence and sumptuous strokeplay against the famed Australian attack and the 21-year-old continued from where he had left as he stroked his maiden Test fifty.
Gill’s knock was laced with high-quality strokes which included authoritative pull shots, brilliant straight drives but the real highlight of the knock was the backfoot punch that he played against Pat Cummins.
Shubman Gill’s signature backfoot punch gets better as you watch it twice
— Gill ka backfoot (@ArjunNamboo) January 8, 2021
In the process, the Punjab lad became the fourth-youngest Indian opener (21 years and 122 days) to score 50+ outside Asia, joining the elite list which includes current head coach Ravi Shastri (20 years, 44 days, vs England in 1982), Madhav Apte (20 years, 108 days, vs West Indies in 1952) and Prithvi Shaw, who scored a half-century in New Zealand at the age of 20 years and 112 days last year.
“For someone playing only his 2nd test match @RealShubmanGill looks very assured at the wicket. Good solid defence, positive stroke play and clarity of thought. Definitely has a very bright future for India in all the 3 formats. #AUSvsIND” wrote VVS Laxman on Twitter.
For someone playing only his 2nd test match @RealShubmanGill looks very assured at the wicket. Good solid defence, positive stroke play and clarity of thought. Definitely has a very bright future for India in all the 3 formats. #AUSvsIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 8, 2021
But just as it looked like that the opener was warming up for a big knock, Pat Cummins induced a rare bad shot from the 21-year-old as he edged the fast bowler straight to Cameron Green in the gully region.