Shubman, who made his Test debut in Australia, locked horns with Pat Cummins in several engrossing battles throughout the series with the duo sharing honours at different stages.
Shubman Gill, in an interview with Kolkata Knight Riders, was asked if he was sledged by Cummins in the midst of the cauldron.
The 21-year-old Test opener replied that while there was no ‘harsh sledging’, the champion Australian pacer had warned him of his bouncers. Not the one to be fazed by chin-music as we saw throughout the series where he pulled and hooked with disdain, Shubman Gill said that he wasn’t worried as he had all the dance moves for the chin-music.
“We had light banters in between but he is a nice guy. So, there was no harsh sledging as such. He warned me of his bouncers but I never fell to those. As I had said before, if they want to play chin music, we have got all the dance moves ready!” said Shubman Gill in an exclusive interview with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill on Pat Cummins’ spell during the MCG Test
Gill also recalled the spell that Pat Cummins bowled to him and Cheteshwar Pujara on the second morning of the Boxing Day Test.
The duo had done well to negotiate what was a fiery spell from the No.1 ranked Test pacer. Cummins was coming towards the end of a long spell but on what would have been his last spell in the morning session, he dismissed Shubman Gill, who nicked off for 45.
Due to that dismissal, Pat Cummins came back to bowl yet another over in which he claimed Cheteshwar Pujara after he induced an outside edge of the Indian No.3’s bat with a brute of delivery and Tim Paine did the rest by taking a brilliant one-handed catch.
”In the first match, he bowled a long spell of 6 overs. In the last ball, he bowled a half-volley and I nicked it while going for a drive. And because he got a wicket off the last ball of the spell, he bowled one more over and even got Pujji bhai (Cheteshwar Pujara) out in that. Had I left just that one ball alone while I was on 45, Pat would have been done with his spell,” said Gill.
”So, it was disappointing that because of me he got another over and we ended up losing Pujji bhai too. I played him in the nets so much (for KKR) and in that series he got me thrice,” he added.