Shubman Gill’s performance in the two warm-up games before the four-match Test series against Australia made him the predecessor to partner Mayank Agarwal as the India opener for the curtain in Adelaide on Thursday. Gill not only overtook Prithvi Shaw – the other in contention to grab the slot of the opener – but also looked more confident and better equipped to deal with the speed and bounce on Australian tracks.
Legendary cricketers Suni Gavaskar and Allan Border also sang praises of the young right-hander and chose him as the other opener for India in the first Test along with Shaw.
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If Gill makes his Test history debut in the historic pink ball test match on 17 December, he will challenge his teammate Pat Cummins, who is one of the Australian bowling unit’s most powerful weapons.
Asked if he had studied him on the networks during the IPL, Cummins said he should do so, but now it’s probably too late.
“Not really. Maybe I should, maybe it’s too late now, “Cummins told kkr.in.” I think every time India comes to Australia, there’s a story about one or two young guys who are a little famous in our Australian conditions. “
Cummins called Gill a “class player” but also didn’t forget to add on a prank with him if the talented youngster is selected for the first Test.
“Yes Shubi (Shubman) is obviously a class player, and it will be interesting to see if he is selected for India. (If he does that) there might even be some friendly mischief on the field between the two of us.”
Cummins feels the series opener against India will test the captains ’tactical dexterity as day-night matches move at a“ slightly different pace ”with the pink ball around slightly more under lights.
Australia have won each of their four day and night Test matches so far against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan respectively.
India, on the other hand, played just one pink ball test, winning it convincingly against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in November last year.
Cummins, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, said there is always a sense of excitement when they approach a pink ball Test.
“… we’re just a little bit, not to say nervous but excited, knowing that the game moves a little differently than a normal Test match. You can have some sessions under the lights where the balls just close, ”Cummins told kkr.in.
“After dinner, when the light comes on, just for whatever reason it seems like the ball is closing a little more. “You can have some periods in a Test match a little bit like a day, where the ball doesn’t swing, doesn’t sew and suddenly out of nowhere, it starts to squeeze under the lights.
“It’s just another dynamic of the game. It’s a tactic the captains have to manage – when to hit and when to bowl, ”Cummins said.