Shubman Gill’s performance in two warm-up games led by the four-match Test series against Australia put him in front of Mayank Agarwal as India’s opener for the curtain in Adelaide on Thursday. Gill not only dismissed Prithvi Shaw – in contention of grabbing the opener’s slot, but also looked more confident and better equipped to handle the pace and bounce on offer on Australian tracks.
Veteran cricketers Suni Gavaskar and Allan Border also praised the young right-hander and selected him as the second opener for India in the first Test alongside Shaw.
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If Gill makes his Test debut in the historic pink ball Test match on 17 December, he will be up against his IPL teammate Pat Cummins, one of the most powerful weapons in Australia’s bowling unit.
Asked if he was studying him on the Nets during the IPL, Cummins said he should have done it but it is probably too late now.
“I really don’t. Maybe I 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 who In our Australian conditions make a name for ourselves. “
Cummins called Gill a ‘class player’, but did not forget to add him as a contender if he picked a talented youngster for the first Test.
“Yes Shubi (Shubman) is clearly a class player, and it will be interesting to see if he is selected for India. (If he does) There may also be some friendly feast between us on the field. “
Cummins feels that the series opener against India will test the tactical skills of the captains as the day-night matches have “slightly different speeds” with the pink ball illuminating slightly more downward.
Australia have won each of their four-day night Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan.
On the other hand, India have played just one pink ball test, winning against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in November last year.
Cummins, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, said that one always experiences excitement when the pink ball reaches the test.
“” We are a little bit, not nervous, but excited, knowing that the game runs at a slightly different pace than a normal Test match. You can put some sessions under the lights, where the balls move around, ”Cummins told kkr.in.
“After dinner, when the light is in effect, for whatever reason it feels like the ball rotates a bit more. “You can put some time in a Test match, like a day, where the ball does not swing, does not seam and suddenly comes out of nowhere, it starts moving under the light.
“This is just another dynamic of the game. It is a strategy that captains have to manage – when to bat and when to bowl, ”Cummins said.
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