Indian opener Shubman Gill has revealed that it was a huge disappointment for him to not convert his 50s into a three-figure score during his debut series in Australia, especially during his match-winning knock of 91 in the fourth innings of the Gabba Test.
Gill, who made his debut his debut during the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, had a brilliant series as he ended up as India’s third-highest run-getter- 259 runs in three Tests with two half-centuries.
Speaking about the 91 that he scored on the final day of the Brisbane Test, Shubman Gill revealed that he was very cautious and was looking forward to getting his maiden Test ton.
He was eventually dismissed by Nathan Lyon after he edged the off-spinner straight to 1st slip where Steve Smith completed an easy catch.
*I was getting good starts in the first two matches – was moving into the 40s and 50s. But I really wanted to play a longer knock. I got out on 91 in the last innings. When I was in my 70s-80s I was really looking forward to the 100, but when I got out, I was really disappointed. I was very cautious during those 91 runs and I was waiting to get past the 100-run mark to start opening up and play my shots. But then I got out and it was a huge disappointment,” said Shubman Gill during an exclusive interview with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill on his learnings from the Australian tour
The Australian tour proved to be a historic one for Team India as it breached every barrier that they encountered- 36 all-out, absence of Virat Kohli, injury to the whole host of first-choice cricketers- to eventually seal the Test series 2-1.
And for young Shubman Gill, who played a stellar role in that historic win, his biggest learning from that series was that one can’t rule someone out irrespective of what situation they are in.
”My biggest lesson was, no matter what, you can’t rule someone out of a scenario. We had so many injuries but the dressing room positivity never changed. We got all out for 36 and despite that not for once our players or our coach or our captain and even the support staff felt bogged down or intimidated to such an extent that we didn’t know what to do next,” he added.