Former Indian seamer Ajit Agarkar has been left awestruck by Shubman Gill’s maturity in his Test debut at the Boxing Day Test against Australia. Shubman Gill opened the innings for India in the second Test and was one of the debutants along with Mohammed Siraj. Ajit Agarkar feels that Gill should have got the opportunity a couple of years back.
Shubman Gill, who opened with Mayank Agarwal, dragged himself to 28 off 38 deliveries with five deliveries by surviving some nervous moments. The right-handed batsman replaced Prithvi Shaw, who looked clueless at the top of the order, bagging single-figure scores in the first Test in Adelaide. Gill also got a reprieve when on 4 as Marnus Labuschagne dropped a regulation chance at slip.
India finished the first day of the second Test at 36-1 in ten overs after Australia elected to bat first and managed only 195. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin played significant roles in the same. The tourists lost Mayank Agarwal for a duck in the first over as Mitchell Starc trapped him LBW. Australia leads the four-match series, beating India in Adelaide by eight wickets.
You can see obviously he has got the potential: Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar reckons that Shubman Gill should have got an opportunity in the Test side two years ago since he has got massive potential. The former Mumbai paceman agrees that the tricky period would not have been easy to survive; however, Gill got the opportunity and enjoyed a few strokes of luck. Agarkar hopes that he will make it count on the second day.
“He should have got an opportunity couple of years back. He just looks ready. You can see obviously he has got the potential. Couldn’t have been easy this little period but just grew in confidence with every ball that he played. Yes, got an opportunity, he has got that little bit of luck which you need at times. Hopefully, he can go on and make that count,” Agarkar told Sony Sports.