Emerging young batting star Shubman Gill compared his test Debut in Australia, equivalent of Going Into War.
Gill made an impressive start of his Test career during the Australia tour. With the highest score of 91 and another half-century to his credit, the 21-year-old scored 259 runs and played a crucial role in helping an injury-ravaged India beat Australia 2-1 to lift the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Gill made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne from where India’s turnaround started after being decimated in the Adelaide day-nighter. “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!” he said .
Before the game started, Gill was overwhelmed by emotions as head coach Ravi Shastri presented him with his Test cap. “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,” he recalled.
Gill did not replicate his Australia performance in the low scoring England series at home on more difficult pitches as veteran James Anderson managed to spot chinks in his armour . However few technical adjustments should get him back amongst the runs .