Shubman Gill’s performance in the two warm-up games ahead of the four-match Test series against Australia made him the leader in Mayank Agarwal’s partnership as India’s opener for the Adelaide curtain lift on Thursday. Not only did Gill overtake Prithvi Shaw – the other in the fight to grab the opener slot – but he looked safer and better equipped to keep up with the pace and jumped on the Australian track.
Legendary cricketers Suni Gavaskar and Allan Border also sang the praises of the young right-hander and chose him as the other opener for India in the first test with Shaw.
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If Gill makes his test debut in the historic pink ball test match on December 17, then he will face his IPL teammate Pat Cummins, who is one of the bowling unit’s strongest weapons in Australia.
Asked if he studied the nets during the IPL, Cummins said he should have done so, but now it’s probably too late.
“It simply came to our notice then. Maybe it should have been, it might be too late now, “Cummins told kkr.in.” I think every time India comes to Australia, there’s a story of one or two young people doing something a name in our Australian conditions. ”
Cummins called Gill a “class player,” but he also didn’t forget to add that he has a game with him if the talented young man is selected for the first test.
“Yes, Shubi (Shubman) is obviously a class player and it will be interesting to see if he is chosen for India. (If he does) there may even be some teasing on the field between the two of us. “
Cummins feels that the opening of the series against India will test the captains’ tactical understanding, as the day-night matches move at a “slightly different pace”, with the pink ball spinning a little more under the lights.
Australia won each of the four day-night test matches against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan respectively.
India, on the other hand, only played a pink ball test, convincingly winning it 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 tackling a pink ball test.
“… we are little, we do not say nervous, but excited, knowing that the game moves at a slightly different pace than a normal test match. You can have a few sessions under the lights where the balls just close, ”Cummins told kkr.in.
“After dinner, when the light comes into force, for whatever reason, it seems that the ball spins a little more. “You can have a few periods in a test match like on a day when the ball does not swing, does not sew and, suddenly, out of nowhere, it starts to spin under the lights.
“It’s just another dynamic of the game. It’s a tactic that captains have to manage – when to beat and when to bowl, ”said Cummins.