India’s young cricketer Shubman Gill said playing Australia in their territory is “intimidating”, but called it a huge opportunity. Gill is yet to play Test cricket for India.
“It’s quite intimidating to play Australia in Australia, but I am really looking forward to it. As a batsman, there is no bigger opportunity than to play against Australia at their home as your confidence gets a major boost if you manage to score runs here,” Shubman Gill told KKR.in.
Shubman Gill impressed everyone with his brilliant performance in the recent pink-ball warm-up match against Australia A. Gill made 43 un the first innings and a fantastic 65 in the second. There is a big opportunity for Gill to prove his calibre as it’s likely to call for the opening in the first Test against Australia as Prithvi Shaw struggled for form.
“We practised quite a bit with the pink ball in the lead up to the Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens last year (in November). But I haven’t played any competitive first-class match under lights,” he said.
The young cricketer also sent out a warning to the Australians saying this Indian team wouldn’t be intimidated by sledging and things have changed a lot now.
“There was a time when (Indian) players had a reputation of not being too aggressive, and people would take that for granted when sledging. Things have changed now,” he said.
“Every character is different, some people like to keep quiet and not react while for others, engaging in a verbal-battle egg them on to do better. For me, I’m neither the kind to always keep quiet, nor the type to keep going at the opposition. But if the plan is to make us dance to their chin music, be rest assured we’ve got plenty of great moves in store.”
India had won the 2018-19 series by 2-1 but most of the cricket fraternity considered this victory as a chance of luck as Australia were playing without David Warner and Steve Smith. Kuldeep Yadav, KKR leading spinner stressed India deserved the win, saying: “A Test series can never be won by luck.”
“You need to win Test matches to win a series. We won two of them and could have one the fourth one too had there been no rain. The criticism holds no merit. Whenever you are playing against a team, your own team’s performance matters the most. So instead of looking at the other team – who they have in their squad, and who they don’t – it makes more sense to talk about your own team. We did well, and hence we won the Test series. If our fast bowling works well and we perform as prolifically with the bat as we did the last time, we will win this time too.”, he further added.
“Yes, their team has now improved with the return of the experienced David Warner, Steve Smith and the likes of Marnus (Labuschagne), who has really done well for them in recent times. But last time too, their team was good but we played really some really good cricket to win. Looking forward to the challenge once again, it’s going to be a great contest.”
India will face Australia in the First Test match of the four-match series against Australia in Adelaide starting on December 17.