The young Indian opener, Shubman Gill thanked former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh for helping him to improve his batting skills and prepare for the Australian tour during a camp before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. He made his debut in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne last year and impressed with his ability with the bat during the series, scoring 259 runs in 3 games at an average of 51.80 including a couple of fifties as well.
Talking about the same during a recent chat with Times of India, Shubman Gill said, “The camp with Yuvi paaji before the IPL was very useful. During that camp, he prepared me to face the chin music. He used to throw hundreds of short-pitch balls to me from different angles, and I think it helped me a lot.”
Gill looked at complete ease while facing the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Nathan Lyon whenever he came out to bat despite making his debut in the Test series. But the 21-year-old acknowledged the nervous energy he felt while playing his first Test in Melbourne.
Shubman Gill explained, “A century could have been cherry on the cake. I was well set and I should have scored the century, but at the same time, I am happy that I have contributed to the team’s victory. The next goal is to score consistently at this level. England series will be crucial for me because now I will not be an unknown entity. Facing the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer will be challenging but I am up for it.”
Gill and most of the Indian squad members returned home after nearly 6 months as they were in the UAE for the IPL 2020 since September before going to Australia in the second half of November. Now that he is back home, Gill just wants to spend time with his family and eat his favorite dishes.