Shubman Gill
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Indian batter Shubman Gill revealed his conversation with head coach Rahul Dravid on his preferred No.3 position for the Test series against West Indies. He said that he feels it’s a good place for him to bat and he wants to consolidate. 

On the eve of the ongoing first Test against West Indies, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned that Yashasvi Jaiswal will make his debut for India and will open the innings alongside him. 

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The veteran opener also revealed that Shubman Gill will be slotted at No.3 as he himself wanted to bat there and had a conversation with coach Rahul Dravid about it. The No.3 position got vacant after Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the team for the series against West Indies. 

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Shubman Gill however, opened up about why he wants to bat at No.3. He pointed out that with India A, he batted a lot there and highlighted that batting at 3 allows a batter to get a little more break in between innings. Speaking to broadcasters, he said: 

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“In India A matches, I batted a lot at No.3 and 4. They asked me where I wanted to bat in the series and I said I wanted to bat at No.3 and I think it’s a good position for me that is where I wanna consolidate. It is always an advantage to play against a new ball. I have that advantage while opening the batting. Batting at No.3 is not very different from opening the batting. You probably get a little more break in between innings.” 

Shubman Gill has batted as an opener for most of his international career. He only once batted at No.3, where he managed to score 47 runs against New Zealand. 

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India have handed debut caps in the ongoing Test against West Indies. Yashasvi Jaiswal along with Ishan Kishan are the two players who will play their maiden match in whites. 

With two youngsters making their debut, Shubman Gill was asked if he’s a senior in the team now or not. Replying to this, he said: “Not really, I’m not a senior player. The roles are a bit different but not really a senior player yet.” 

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Shubman Gill notably has locked his spot for the Indian team in all three formats of the game. He’s touted as the Prince of Indian cricket.

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