Indian opener Shubman Gill might have failed to register his maiden half-century on Test debut but the talented 21-year-old still managed to get his name register in an elite list.
Gill, who scored an enterprising 65-ball 45- an innings which included eight boundaries- has become the third-highest run-scorer by an Indian batsman on Test debut in Australia.
Shubman Gill has joined the list that is spearheaded by his fellow opener Mayank Agarwal, who scored 72 in his debut Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2018- and followed by Dattu Padhkar. Phadkar had racked up 51 on his debut in Sydney during India’s maiden tour of Australia in 1947.
Gill was handed his maiden Test cap after his former U-19 teammate and fellow opener Prithvi Shaw was benched following a tough outing at the Adelaide Oval.
The Punjab top-order batsman impressed one and all with his strokeplay, technique as well as his temperament as he braved a hostile spell by the Aussie pace trio late on day 01.
Gill did not look in the same touch on the following morning and was consistently troubled by the incoming delivery by Josh Hazlewood. He got a lucky reprieve when Tim Paine shelled what was a regulation caught-behind opportunity after Hazlewood had nearly cut him into half.
The youngster, however, failed to make the most of that luck as he went for a big booming drive without moving his feet on the widish delivery from Pat Cummins, only to nick off to Tim Paine.
Most runs by an Indian batsman on debut in Australia-
Mayank Agarwal- 72 at MCG, 2018
SHUBMAN GILL- 45 at MCG, 2020
Dattu Padhkar- 51 at SCG, 1947