Australia’s pace spearhead Pat Cummins has arguably been their side’s top bowler in the ongoing Test series against India as they are currently relying on their bowling attack a bit too much. Pat Cummins, who has taken ten wickets in two Tests so far, has heaped praises on Shubman Gill. Shubman Gill made his Test debut in Melbourne in the second Test, which India won by eight wickets.
Shubman Gill replaced Prithvi Shaw, who had piled on two single-figure scores, flourished in his debut. The right-handed batsman scored 45 and 35 not out in the first and second innings respectively and dominated Australia’s bowling attack a fair bit. It stabilized India’s innings at the top that struggled in the first Test in Adelaide. The tourists chased the target of 70 in the fourth innings to level the series.
Pat Cummins, who has played alongside Shubman Gill in Kolkata Knight Riders this year, reckoned that he looked good in the first Test, hailing him as a calm character, who plays with intent. Cummins added that it provides bowlers with opportunities that work on some days and doesn’t on a few.
“Shuby (Gill) looked good in his first Test. He is quite a calm character. Looks like, similar way he wants to play, wants to take the game on, which as a bowler provides opportunities, some days it will come off, some days it won’t,” Cummins said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
No real surprise that they India came out really hard: Pat Cummins
The 27-year old paceman further stated that he was not surprised at India’s fightback in the second Test that enabled them to level the series after a humiliating defeat in the first. Cummins heaped praises on the visitors’ performances and underlined that they need to come up with plans to counter those.
“Any side, once they have a big loss, you know they are going to come back little-bit harder. Everyone’s incredibly proud when you are playing at this level, so no real surprise that they came out really hard. They bowled and batted really well in this game and were absolutely up for the fight so we need to assess that ahead of the next game and make sure that we can combat that,” he added.