Indian top-order batsman Shubman Gill could likely get a chance to play his first Test in one of the four in Australia in the upcoming series. Shubman Gill, who has made rapid strides in the domestic circuit in the last couple of years, assured he is ready for the challenge. The right-handed batsman also conceded they have the moves to counter the chin music should Australia unleash any.
Shubman Gill solidified his case for the first Test in Adelaide with a classy and composed half-century in the second innings of the final warm-up game in Sydney against Australia A. The 21-year old made scores of 43 and 65 that helped India set an unattainable 473 for Australia A to win on the third or final day. Gill could either open the innings in Adelaide or play in the middle-order after Virat Kohli’s departure following the first Test.
Shubman Gill recalled the time when Indian players did not resort to sledging; however, things have changed presently and one reacts as they think it suits. As for Gill, he maintains a neutral stance on the same; however, he assured if the Australians unleash some chin music on them, the tourists have got moves in store too.
“There was a time when (Indian) players had a reputation of not being too aggressive, and people would take that for granted when sledging. Things have changed now. Every character is different, some people like to keep quiet and not react while for others, engaging in a verbal-battle eggs them on to do better. For me, I’m neither the kind to always keep quiet, nor the type to keep going at the opposition. But if the plan is to make us dance to their chin music, be rest assured we’ve got plenty of great moves in store,” Gill said as quoted by India Today.
It’s quite intimidating to play Australia in Australia: Shubman Gill
The Punjab batsman added that it indeed sounds intimidating to play Australia on their home soil but admitted there is no challenge bigger than the same. According to Gill, a player’s confidence takes a massive boost if they could manage runs in the land down under.
“It’s quite intimidating to play Australia in Australia, but I am really looking forward to it. As a batsman, there is no bigger opportunity than to play against Australia at their home as your confidence gets a major boost if you manage to score runs here,” he added.