Shubman Gill scored 28 off 64 balls and added a valuable 62-run opening stand with Rohit Shama (34) in the ICC World Test Championship final. India ended day 2 on 146/3 with the game in the balance for both sides. The start of day 3 was not a pleasing one for India as they lost their skipper Virat Kohli early on his overnight score of 44.
Meanwhile, before the start of day 3 in Southampton, Shubman Gill spoke to former England skipper Nasser Hussain on his maiden Test innings on English soil. Gill said that he was happy with the way he played but wanted to score at least a fifty for the team’s cause.
Gill further said that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma adviced him to stand just outside the crease to negotiate the swing. Gill did just that and looked good till he was at the crease.
“Some of the key points that Rohit bhai and Virat bhai told me was to stand outside the crease to negotiate the swing” said Gill.
Virat Kohli Is An Idol To Me: Shubman Gill
Nasser Hussain reminded Shubman Gill of Virat Kohli‘s Test debut 10 years ago in Jamaica today. He also asked the youngster to share the impact of Virat on his game.
Replying to the influence of Virat Kohli on him, Shubman Gill said ” He has been an idol to me and an inspiration to all the young Indians. He has been someone who has revolutionized Indian cricket and made it into something else. So when I bat or talk to him its a great inspiration.”
Gill was chosen over the likes of Prithvi Shaw or Mayank Agarwal for the opener’s role for the WTC final. He tried doing justice to that with his gritty knock before edging one off to the keeper.
Shubman Gill is being touted as the next big thing in the next generation of Indian cricketers. His knocks in Australia played a key role behind the selectors choosing him over the experience of Mayank Agarwal for the big ICC WTC Final.