After having impressed one and all with a rock-solid technique and flamboyant strokeplay during his debut Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shubman Gill did an encore of the same at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Besides showing impeccable calmness and composure, Gill played quite a few audacious strokes that had class written all over them against the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon.
He pulled, drove, and cut with absolute precision but the shot of the innings was the disdainful short-arm backfoot punch that he played off Cummins.
Shubman Gill’s signature backfoot punch gets better as you watch it twice
— Gill ka backfoot (@ArjunNamboo) January 8, 2021
Gill stroked a well-deserved half-century and in the process, he became the youngest Indian opener in Australia and the fourth-youngest opener from the proud cricketing nation to score a 50+ total outside Asia.
And, Mike Hussey, who was in the commentary box when Gill was stamping his authority at the SCG, couldn’t stop praising the 21-year-old for his cool-and-calm demeanor, aggressive approach to batting, and his unflappable energy.
“This guy is very quickly becoming my favorite player to watch. He is a gun. Plays well of the front-foot, but even better off the backfoot. And that sends a message to the bowler,” Mike Hussey said while commentating for Fox Cricket.
“I just love the unflappable nature of both (Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma) these players. But in particular Shubman Gill, someone so young, early in his career. Nothing seems to faze him, and he doesn’t seem to get carried away,” he added.
“He is flamboyant at the crease and is just about batting, keeping it simple. Unassuming at the crease. He is wonderful to watch and has played some magnificent shots,” Mike Hussey further added.
This is not the first time that Mike Hussey has heaped high praise on young Shubman Gill. Following his brilliant debut, the former Aussie cricket had said that the 21-year-old has the potential to go on and represent his country for more than a decade.
“Shubman Gill what a classy player. Here’s a player who can play for the next 10 years for India. He looks classical and maybe he should have played the first Test in the first place,” Michael Hussey had said on ESPNCricinfo.