The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh praised his Punjab teammate Shubman Gill for his heroics in the Brisbane test and also wanted him to play for India in a longer run. It has been a long time since a player from Punjab has gone on to open in Test cricket and Harbhajan Singh was really proud in admitting that he wants Gill to play more 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 told India Today
Harbhajan Singh On Focus And Hardwork
Harbhajan Singh who is the highest wicket-taker for India with 417 scalps among the active cricketers has advised Gill to keep on the right track and not to deviate from it. He wants Gill to stay focussed as much as possible and concentrate on the game rather than the other commitments that will come his way after his excellent show in the Australian series. Harbhajan also reminds that to play long for India, he has to do a lot of hard work and follow the routines.
“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.
“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’s Heroics At Gabba
Shubman Gill made a huge contribution at the fourth test which changed the match in our favour and we ended winning the series 2-1. A lot of credit has to go to the young boys who have stood up for the team in the absence of the experienced match-winners and Shubman Gill has given good starts to the team as much as possible. His 91 in the second innings of the Gabba Test paved the way for a historic chase of 328 which remains the highest fourth-innings total on the ground.
Shubman Gill has been one of the finds of the series along with the inexperienced team and his efforts were rewarded with a place in the squad for the England series.