Young Indian batsman Shubman Gill says watching Ajinkya Rahane’s “magnificent” hundred from the sidelines was immensely educational to him and he learned how not to crawl into a shell while facing a deadly bowling attack. Stand-in skipper Rahane scored an unbeaten 104 in tough conditions to send India on the second day of the second Test against Australia at 277 for five. “This knock was all about patience, more importantly, when you play such a high-quality tempo attack, sometimes you get into the scale and you can’t score runs, and the way Ajinkya played bhai, it was like that “A great knock to watch outside,” Gill said at a virtual press conference.
“How you can see those difficult periods, he made sure to put the loose balls away.”
While Rahane went strong, India took an 82 point lead and Gill said the team will look to capitalize on this as the hitting will become more challenging from day three. “On the first day there was a small turn for (Ravichandran Ashwin) Ash bhai and (Ravindra Jadeja) Jaddu bhai and even today we saw that there was a turn for Nathan (Lyon) and as time goes by there will be more cracks and it will are more challenging for the batsmen.
“So it’s important to take advantage of this lead we have and get them all out as soon as possible.”
Opening the innings, Gill scored a 65-ball 45 on debut before snapping an outswinger from Pat Cummins. “When I got into the bat, there was something in the field, it was lively, but all I said to myself was that no matter what was on the field, I should be able to play my game,” the 21 year old. .
“… I should be able to give my team a start as an opener, that was the ideal situation and that was my hope.” Overall I wanted to play on purpose and build a partnership, which I did to an extent, but I’m not happy with the way I got out, it was the last ball of Cummins’ spell and it was a loose hit . “
Gill said facing a high quality Indian strike on the nets while with the team boosted confidence and put him at ease when he encountered the first ball of his testing career.
“I have traveled with the team for the last 4-5 Test series, it has helped me a lot,” said the Punjab batsman.
“I’ve been able to settle into the team and play against someone like Bumrah or (Mohammed) Shami bhai or Umesh bhai at the nets, it’s a huge confidence boost for a youngster. And when I started today, I I didn’t feel like I’m in a whole new place. “
Asked if he sees himself as an opener in the Indian team, Gill said, “I don’t have a particular plan, wherever the team wants me to hit, I’m happy to hit.”
Ravindra Jadeja added 104 unbeaten runs with Rahane after coming to 173 for 5. “It was a really good knockout. It could be really easy to lose wickets and get the opposition back into the game and the partnership. between them was very important., ”said Gill.
Gill said speaking with head coach Ravi Shastri and battle coach Vikram Rathour prior to his debut, which helped.
“… I had certain plans and certain expectations of myself. Before I started this game, I spoke to our batting coach and our head coach Ravi sir, and we talked about how to go about the game,” he said.
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