In India, there are very few rare talents like Shubman Gill. Since the under19 World Cup, Gill has been an asset to the team. From there to playing the World Cup 2023 has been a roller-coaster ride. At such a young age, Gill came a long way. He has been amazing in the limited formats. But creating magic in the longest format of cricket is yet pending for the youngster. Recently, he opened up about that.
Test Dubut and Struggles:
In the cricket realm, Shubman Gill‘s ride has been a thrilling rollercoaster. Bursting onto the scene in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, he dazzled in white-ball cricket. Yet, Tests present a unique challenge, where Gill strives to unleash his full potential. After the debut, he played 20 Tests. Youthful flair takes the lead as Shubman Gill steps in at No. 3, replacing the seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara, who missed the cut once more.
The Test arena has been a challenging battleground for the youngster. With 1040 runs in 20 Tests at an average of 30.59, featuring two centuries and four fifties, his No. 3 struggles stand out – 166 runs in eight innings at 23.71. Gill faced setbacks in the WTC finals and against England, scoring 140 runs at 17.50. South Africa proved tough too, gathering just 74 runs in four innings at 18.50. The talented opener navigates peaks and valleys, leaving fans intrigued about his Test journey.
Before heading to the first Test match against England, Shubman Gill opened up about this matter. In an interaction, he said, “I like batting at three. I hope I’d be there for a long time. We are used to playing in these wickets and these conditions. It’s about trusting your defense and then to be able to pounce on the opportunity that you get to score runs.”
Stepping into Cheteswar Pujara’s position at number 3 has become a matter of discussion. He said, “Generally when you are opening, you are more used to going straight away. It’s all about how calm you can be and how much assessment you can do while you are out there, and I got that quite a few times to do.”
Later he added, “Last year was a breakthrough year for me in white-ball. This year, I believe, is going to be a breakthrough year for me in red-ball.”
Shubman Gill’s hunger for a prolonged stay at the crease mirrors his commitment to team triumph, showcasing a team-first mindset forged in the West Indies Test encounter. He said, “In the first Test match (in West Indies), both Yashasvi and Rohit bhai both scored a century. I sat there for about 50-60 overs. If I sit out for 50-60 overs today, I would be happy.”