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Shubman Gill hopes to have a ‘breakthrough year in red-ball’
By SMCS - Jan 25, 2024 11:30 am
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Star India batter Shubman Gill said that 2024 will be a breakthrough year for him in the longer format after his success in limited-overs cricket last year as well. The talented batter said that he’s happy to bat in his new role at No. 3 in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle as well. He also talked about the difference between opening the innings and playing at No. 3. He also added that he’s started trusting his defence to succeed in Test cricket.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

Gill told official broadcaster Jio Cinema on Day 1 of the opening Test against England in Hyderabad on Thursday (January 25): “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 conditionjs. It’s about trusting your defense and then to be able to pounce on the opportunity that you get to score runs. 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.”

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He further added: “Generally when you are opening, you are more used to going straightaway. 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. 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.”

virat Kohli
Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill has been brilliant in T20Is and ODIs but he has failed to do well in the longer format. He has scored 1040 runs in 20 Tests at an average of 30.59, including two centuries and four fifties as well. At No. 3, he has scored 166 runs in eight games at an average of 23.71 without a fifty. He also failed to deliver in two WTC finals, scoring 28 & 8 vs New Zealand and 13 & 18 (vs Australia) as well. Against England, Shubman Gill has scored 140 runs in nine innings which came at an average of 17.50, including one fifty. He also managed just 74 runs across four innings in South Africa at an average of 18.50 as well.