Shubman Gill Recalls His Memorable Test Debut Against Australia
By CricShots - Mar 10, 2021 6:53 pm
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The young Indian cricketer, Shubman Gill reckons that making his Test debut in Australia felt like “going into a war” and an important lesson that he came back with was never to “rule someone out of a scenario”. He played some useful knocks during the tour, with the highest score of 91 and another half-century to total 259 in the four-match series that an injury-ravaged India won 2-1. Gill made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne from where India’s turnaround started after suffering a loss in the Adelaide day-nighter.

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Shubman Gill scored his maiden fifty

Talking about the same during a chat on his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ official website, Shubman Gill said, “As long as the fielding lasted, I was pretty normal. But when we finally batted, and I was taking a walk down from the dressing room to the pitch with the crowd cheering (backing the Aussies, nevertheless), it was an experience of a kind! It felt like going into a war!” 

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He also recalled, “It’s inexplicable. At times you go through a sea of emotions which just make you go numb. It was that kind of a moment. Ravi Shastri gave a speech in the huddle and then I received the cap from him. After that, we won the toss and elected to field first.”

Gill is yet to make a noteworthy contribution in the ongoing tour of England but the youngster showed why he is touted as the next best thing in Indian cricket with some of his noteworthy contributions in Australia. Asked what it meant to debut in Australia, Gill said it was like a childhood dream coming true and felt surreal.

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Shubman Gill scored a brilliant fifty in Brisbane

Shubman Gill further explained, “I still remember my father used to wake up early and so would I just to watch the Australia series. All of a sudden, I was playing in that team and Australians were bowling at me. It felt surreal that the world was watching me. And what are the lessons he brought back home? “…no matter what, you can’t rule someone out of a scenario. We had so many injuries but the dressing room positivity never changed.”

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He further elaborated, “We got all out for 36 and despite that not for once our players or our coach or our captain and even the support staff felt bogged down or intimidated to such an extent that we didn’t know what to do next. As I had said before, if they want to play chin music, we have got all the dance moves ready!”