Former England spinner Monty Panesar has come in support of the IPL campaign which has resulted in the impressive performance of Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj in their debut series. Shubman Gill was one of the finds of the series owing to his composure and to add to that, he scored two crucial fifties.
His 91 in the final innings of Brisbane chase was very instrumental in India winning their second series on Australian soil. Mohammad Siraj picked up a fifer in his third test and bowled great spells without giving away any runs.
“There was a question mark, some people were thinking, well, has Shubman Gill played enough first-class cricket. He has only scored 500 first-class runs and hit one century. But the way he is able to adapt, the way he is able to take on international pressure, there is a lot to say about the IPL that young players are now adapting to the level of international standards that is required. said Monty Panesar on Sport Today
“He was particularly one of them, Mohammed Siraj was another, he was actually moving the ball far more than the Australian bowlers. You know these Australian bowlers, their record after 30 Test matches was similar to Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie. added Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar Heaps Praise On Indian Team Selection Process
Monty Panesar also brought a different point stating that the selection of youngsters to the test team on the basis of a good IPL campaign has benefited the Indian cricket team a lot. He has been mentioning the way how Gill has batted with freedom and Siraj had become the leader of the pack in the absence of senior players was possible only because of the Indian test selected on different explorations.
“Indian cricket is at its strongest and is probably the first nation that is beginning to think that, right, if we have had a successful IPL campaign you can go straight into the Test team. Why can’t Australia do that, have some of their Big Bash players and go straight into it (Test team)? said Pansear.
Second Source Of Selection Available For India
Monty Panesar mentioned that India will now have two sets of players, Vihari and Pujara will come under the first category of scoring heavily in domestic cricket while the likes of Gill, Sundar, and Siraj will be under the second source of selection available from a good IPL campaign.
“That myth of scoring heavy Ranji trophy runs and taking a lot of wickets. There is a place for that, with the like of Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, but now there is a second source of selection also taking place,” Panesar added.
The left-arm spinner wanted Australia to experiment with the same strategy to select players Big Bash straight into the Australia test team.