AUS vs IND: Shubman Gill impressed on his Test debut, playing crucial hits in both innings.© AFP
While good performances draw praise, it also sees people draw comparisons to former stars. And with Shubman Gill putting on an impressive show in the Boxing Day Test, comparisons have already begun. But former India opener Wasim Jaffer has urged people not to compare the youngster with anyone. Gill was looking good when he got out to make his test debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against Australia. Although he scored 45 in the first innings, he hit an unbeaten 35 in the second when India secured an eight-wicket victory in the game.
“Shubman is special, but please let him enjoy his cricket and grow in his career. Don’t compare him to anyone or put undue pressure on him. He’s not next, he’s the first Shubman Gill. We have a lot of great ones. talents lost through over-pressure and unreal expectations. #Shubmangill, ”Jaffer tweeted.
Without Virat Kohli, no Rohit Sharma, no Ishant Sharma, no Mohammad Shami and the humiliation of scoring their lowest Test Score ever at the Adelaide Oval, it was a brilliant turnaround for India to level the series. The victory not only brought India back into the series, it also brought the team one step closer to the World Test Championship final.
Riding the back of a brilliant collaboration between Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja on day three, India first sacked Australia for 200 and then came back to chase the 70 goal in just 15.5 overs on day four. If one session had cost India the first test, it was another session – in which Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja weathered the storm on day two – in which India held the second game.
However, the victory was not as easy as it appears on paper. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc gave Australia the early wickets to ensure that the win would not be a breeze for the visitors.
Starc sent Mayank away while Cummins sent Pujara back because a small target looked a little difficult. Some assured stroke play from Gill and Rahane calmed nerves in the Indian dressing room as India recorded an elaborate 8 wicket win.
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