Indian opener Shubman Gill admitted that he didn’t expect the ball to start reversing so early during the first day’s play of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand. Gill scored 52 runs off 93 balls before getting out in the post-lunch session.
Kyle Jamieson was the wrecker-in-chief as he dismissed three Indian batters during the first day’s play. Shubman Gill was his second victim who fell after the lunch break.
Gill mentioned that he didn’t pick the ball which crashed into his stumps.
“It is all about reading the conditions, especially after coming to bat after lunch, the ball started to reverse. You have to read the conditions, I was not able to read the ball which dismissed me because I was not expecting the ball to start reversing this early,” said Gill in a press conference after the day’s play.
Jamieson bowled an outstanding spell where he dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane apart from Gill. He ended the day one with figures of 3/37 and received praises from Gill.
“I think Jamieson bowled really well today, especially the first spell he bowled with the new ball. He bowled in pretty good areas to me and Mayank Agarwal. When I came to bat after lunch, that over was top-notch, the whole spell he bowled, he looked top-notch,” said Gill
“I have opened for my state team and India A. I have batted in the middle-order as well. There is a little bit of tweaking when you play as an opener or you play as a middle-order batter. It is more on the mental side of the things rather than the technique.”
Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten fifty on his Test debut and he shared a solid unbeaten 114-run stand for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja as India closed the day one being 258/4.
“The way Iyer batted on his Test debut, we lost three wickets in the second session. Jadeja and Iyer have stitched together a good partnership, hopefully, it continues tomorrow,” said Gill.