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Shubman Gill disclosed where he would like to bat in Tests

December 28, 2020

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Indian batsman Shubman Gill unveiled that he had no issues in batting wherever the team management asks him to. In his debut innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the youngster gave Team India a much-needed start. The 21-year-old scored 45 runs in 65 balls.

Gill also registered his name in the record books. The opening batsman becomes the third-highest run-scorer on Test debut for India in Australia. His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal is leading list as he scored 76 runs on his debut back in 2018. Former Indian batsman Dattu Phadkar is second on the list after scoring 51 runs on his debut in Sydney in December 1947.

Shubman Gill came in as a replacement of the out-of-form Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order. Gill looked promising in his first outing. Even though his natural position is as an opener, he might have to make way for Rohit Sharma. Sharma will mostly be available for the third Test at Sydney. Shubman Gill further explained how he had no problem in batting at whichever position the team management asked him to.

Facing Bumrah and Shami in the nets was a huge confidence booster, says Shubman Gill

The batsman has been travelling with the Indian team for quite a while, but he couldn't break into the playing XI. Gill was also a part of India's Test squad for the series against New Zealand earlier this year and the home series against South Africa back in 2019.

Gill also got the opportunity to face India's ace bowlers such as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the nets. He feels that this gave him the confidence to face the Australian pace bowlers without any nervousness.

Team India gave a lead of 131 runs. The day belonged to the visitors as they dominated the hosts on Day 3. The Indian bowling unit was in excellent form as they picked up six wickets despite Umesh's injury. 

On the other hand, Australia managed to score 133 runs at the end of the day and lead of 2 runs. The Indian innings ended after the tail-enders failed to perform at the end. The Indian side was bowled out for 326 runs. Ravindra Jadeja scored his 15th Test fifty after stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane was run out for 112. Mitchell Starc, later on, dismissed Jadeja for 57.

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