Star India batter Shubman Gill’s knock in the second innings where he managed to silence his critics with a stunning hundred against England in the second innings of the second Test at Vizag as well. And, he also received a lot of applause for the way he played when playing under pressure. Head coach Rahul Dravid was really pleased with the way he was able to play and showed his ability in the longest format.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Rahul Dravid said,” He came into the Test match under pressure externally, internally we have a lot of confidence in Shubman. We know his class and his ability, We’ve seen it. We’ve seen how good a player he’s been. Even in this lean run. He’s the one who’s got us 100 at Chittagong. He got 100 in Ahmedabad. So we know that quality. But of course, I mean, as a young player from whom a lot is expected, I think he did feel the pressure. So happy with the way he played.”
The head coach also appreciated the way Shubman Gill was able to soak in the pressure during the second innings and his ability to play the anchor’s role in partnerships with the middle order as well.
Dravid commented, “I thought he was terrific especially, the way he just controlled the fight. It required him to soak in a lot of pressure at various times. Build a couple of partnerships, first with Shreyas and then with Axar Patel and just get us to a position of strength. I think he will be a little bit disappointed in the sense that I’m sure he would have liked to have carried that on, especially with 20, 30 minutes to Tea. Probably could have carried that on and made a much bigger century.”
Rahul Dravid also revealed that there were no questions regarding Shubman Gill’s hunger to succeed. The management backs him to play in all three formats and he is still young on the international stage as well.
“There’s never been a question about Shubman’s work ethic, his desire to improve, his attitude. I think he ticks every single box for us. As someone who is desperate to succeed in all three formats of the game. He’s got the skill, he’s got the ability, and he’s a young man. I mean, we forget he’s 24. He’s also learning along the way. He’s going to have some blips, he’s going to have some good periods in his career, and we’re just going to have to ride with it at times, knowing that we’ve got someone who’s trying his absolute best to become a very good player in all the three formats,” Rahul Dravid concluded.