Former India cricketer, VVS Laxman heaps high praises for Shubman Gill, who made his Test debut in the Border-Gavaskar series 2020-21 in Australia. Laxman believes that the opener will garner attention from all corners in all three formats for India.
Shubman Gill made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne with a couple of impressive innings. In Sydney, he was paired with Rohit Sharma at the top and notched up his maiden Test fifty.
The right-hander saved his best for the last – in the fourth-innings run-chase in Brisbane, Gill scored 91 runs which helped Team India win the match and the series. The 21-year-old finished the series with 259 runs averaging 51.80 in 6 innings as India return with a new trustful opening pair, in particular in the overseas conditions.
After an impressive IPL 2020 – Gill was the leading run-scorer for KKR – he replaced his former under-19 captain, Prithvi Shaw; VVS Laxman points out that the Punjab-born batsman has patiently for his opportunity in Test cricket after scoring heavy runs in domestic cricket and IPL.
“I think he will be the most-talked-about cricketer, not only in Test match cricket but in all three formats. The reason I say that is he didn’t get it easy. I felt the kind of talent and the performances he has shown in various levels whether it’s in the IPL, whether it’s India A or first-class cricket for Punjab, I think he has been very consistent. I think he waited patiently for his opportunity while some of his colleagues got ahead of him,” VVS Laxman told Sports Today.
India will rely on Gill to win lots of matches: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman, a veteran of 134 Test matches, reckons Shubman Gill has prepared well and was ready for international cricket. The 46-year-old lavishes praises on the elegant opener in the way he tackled Australia’s bowling attack. VVS Laxman opines that Gill has shown a lot of promise to be the next big star in Indian cricket.
“What I really enjoyed was he was ready for the big occasion. And opening in Australia against a very good fast-bowling attack in the form of Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins is never easy but to do that in this fashion after India were bowled out for 36 and the aggression and technique he showed. The killer instinct he showed by backing his ability without comprising his ability and flamboyance speaks volumes of the work he has put in,” VVS Laxman added.
“I always believe results might not go your way, but the way you prepare in international cricket is very important. I saw the preparation in the way he batted, not necessarily because of the way he batted. I feel he is someone who India will rely on in winning lot of matches in all 3 formats,” the former batsman further said.