Indian opening batsman Shubman Gill had a highly encouraging start to his Test career as he played some crisp shots on his way. Shubman Gill, who opened the innings in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne, had a nervous start on late day one. However, he settled on the nerves by stamping his authority with his class. Nevertheless, Gill was unhappy with the way he got out.
Shubman Gill got his chance to debut in Test match due to Prithvi Shaw’s struggles in the first Test in Adelaide. Shaw’s selection was already debatable, considering he did not fare well in the warm-up games and his performances in the first Test confirmed it. Several experts questioned the omission of Shubman Gill, who had scores of 43 and 65 in the second practice match against Australia A.
And when he got the opportunity, the 22-year old showed that he is cut out for Test cricket. The right-handed batsman’s innings of 45 off 65 deliveries contained eight boundaries, hit against Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. But Gill was the first wicket to fall on the second day when he teased a wide delivery outside off-stump and nicked it to Tim Paine behind the stumps.
It was a loose shot to play at that moment: Shubman Gill
Despite playing a promising knock, Shubman Gill conceded he was not satisfied with the loose shot and should have kept out the last ball of Pat Cummins’ spell. The Punjab-born batsman wanted to build partnerships and did that to an extent; however, he was not satisfied with his dismissal.
“The way I got out. “I am not satisfied with my effort. That was the last ball of Cummins’ spell. I should have kept it out. It was a loose shot to play at that moment. Overall, my goal was to play with intent and put together partnerships. I did that to an extent but the way I got out made me feel very bad,” Gill said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.