Shubman Gill, who was called up to the Indian Test squad as a replacement for the injured Rohit Sharma, is harbouring ambitions of his Test debut but realizes that his competitor Prithvi Shaw has also done well to emerge as a contender for the spot.
Shubman Gill is hoping to make his Test debut vs New Zealand (Courtesy by BCCI)
- I have learned a lot of things over the last few years: Shubman Gill
- I think the wickets here are really good to bat on: Gill on New Zealand conditions
- I am ready for the series as I have enough match practice: Gill
Young India sensation Shubman Gill who is hoping to make his Test debut in the upcoming series vs New Zealand will face tough competition from his ex-U19 teammate Prithvi Shaw for the 2nd opener’s slot before the 1st Test in Wellington. But Gill has brushed aside any thoughts of competition with Shaw on Thursday stressing that it is entirely up to the team management who they choose to play alongside Mayank Agarwal to open the Indian innings.
“Both of us have performed well in the opportunities that we have got. It depends on the team management who they will pick. So it’s not like there is a fight between us,” Gill told reporters on Thursday.
Gill who was included in the Indian Test squad after an injury to regular opener Rohit Sharma ruled him out of the series, said that his experience of having played in these conditions should come handy once he gets a chance to play. Gill had scored 527 runs including 204* in the 5 games he played for India A earlier on the tour.
“I am ready for the series as I have enough match practice and I have played here before in India A tour. I think the wind factor is very important here. The bowlers plan their bowling, fielding according to the wind. In England, ball swings more and off the wicket there is much movement as compared to New Zealand. England is much challenging for batsmen while facing seamers,” explained Gill.
“I think the wickets here are really good to bat on especially when we played day-games in Christchurch. The only challenge that we were facing was the bounce. The bounce was really good and it was really consistent. Keeping the wind factor in mind, it was not easy to consistently pull and hook the ball,” he added.
The 20-year-old also said that he has grown as a player and an individual since India’s U19 World Cup triumph in 2018 and is now more focused on his fitness.
“I think I have grown as a player and I have grown in confidence and in other aspects of my game. I have learned a lot of things over the last few years,” Gill said.
The first Test of the series will be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington from February 21 before the 2nd and final match starts on February 29th.