“As a player and as fans, it’s very irritating to go in and out” – Shubman Gill
By SMCS - Nov 28, 2022 1:00 pm
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Team India opener, Shubman Gill is hopeful of a full game in the third ODI at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, where he has had some memorable knocks. However, his comments came as the second ODI in Hamilton was abandoned due to rain, with only 12.5 overs of play taking place. Meanwhile, he also explained that these rain-affected games frustrate him and also supported the idea of having rooftops in cricket stadiums as well.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill on a run spree

“It’s slightly frustrating,” Gill said. “When the overs were getting reduced, it got quite irritating to be constantly going in and out of the field, unsure how many overs would we get to play. It made our planning difficult. It is one decision that has to be taken by the boards. As a player and as fans, it’s very irritating to go in and out, and having so many games getting affected by rain. I don’t know how I can make a difference or take a stand for it, it’s a big decision. Playing indoors would be a bit difficult, but having closed roofs would be good.”

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However, for Shubman Gill, it was a missed opportunity as he is trying to fix his place in India’s playing XI. Playing in the absence of Rohit Sharma, he has already scored 4 fifties and a ton in 14 innings, having an average of 61.27 in the 50-over format. Even on Sunday, he scored a 42-ball 45 when rain ended the game. But, he said that he isn’t looking too far ahead now.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored his maiden ton

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“I’m not looking so far ahead, I’m trying to make the most of the opportunity I get, score big and make some big contributions for the team. Even in the last game, the way I was playing, the intention was to play a long innings. Even in the team meetings, the talk was about batting long, about the set batter ensuring that he finishes the innings. It also makes it easier for the other batters to come in and score,” Shubman Gill concluded.