Shubman Gill recalls his Test Debut in Australia at the iconic MCG!

Shubman Gill

India’s Young sensation batsman Shubman Gill says that making his Test debut in Australia felt like “going into a war” & an important lesson that he learnt from Australia tour was that never to “rule someone out of a scenario”.

Shubman Gill was impressive during Australia tour. He scored 91 runs & a half century to total 259 runs in the four match series that an injury hit India won by 2-1. Shubman Gill made his Test Debut in the second test in Melbourne from where India’s turning point started after facing a humiliating defeat in the day & night match at Adelaide.

“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 told his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ official website. 

Before the match was started he got emotional 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. 

Shubman Gill is yet to make a crucial contribution in the ongoing series against England but the youngster showed us why he is termed as the next best thing in Indian Cricket with his remarkable performances in Australia. Asked what it meant to make a debut in Australia to which Gill replied it was like a childhood dream come true & felt surreal.

“When I was a kid, I used to get up at 4.30-5am to watch Test matches in Australia. Now people are getting up early to watch me play, that’s quite a feeling. I still remember my father used to wake up early and so would I just to watch the Australia series,” he remembered. 

“It was a different kind of fun to watch Brett Lee bowl or Sachin sir (Tendulkar) bat. 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. I was really looking forward to the challenge and always wanted to play in Australia to experience how it feels,” he said. 

And when asked what lesson he learnt from Australia tour to which he replied, “…no matter what, you can’t rule someone out of a scenario. We had so many injuries but the dressing room positivity never changed. 

“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,” he said. 

“As I had said before, if they want to play chin music, we have got all the dance moves ready!” Shubman Concluded.


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