Cricket-IPL gave Gill, Siraj the confidence to shine, says Shastri

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MELBOURNE, December 30 (Reuters) – Playing alongside the best international players in the Indian Premier League developed fearlessness in the opener Shubman Gill and fast Mohammed Siraj, said Indian coach Ravi Shastri after the duo excelled in the second test against Australia.

Gill and Siraj were both making their tryout debuts for an Indian team that had been beaten in three days in the Adelaide opener and they helped tourists give Australia a taste of its own. medicine with an eight-wicket victory.

Substituting an out of form Prithvi Shaw, Gill produced smooth 45- and 35-step shots in the low-scoring contest at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Swift right-hand man Siraj, replacing injured seaman Mohammed Shami, played with relentless hostility to claim five wickets.

“It’s like that, it’s the brand of cricket that we’ve been playing for the last three or four years,” Shastri said.

“I think a lot has to do with IPL. The fact that they share dressing rooms with international players, they rub shoulders with the best, that complex factor disappears very quickly.”

Shastri was delighted with Siraj’s ability to play long spells and was particularly impressed with Gill’s flair.

“In the second set it’s very easy to get into a shell but he went out there and played his natural game. It was great from a team perspective,” added the coach. .

Ajinkya Rahane, who took over as captain when future father Virat Kohli returned home after Adelaide, said Gill, 21, had shown a good mix of shooting and patience.

“Shubman has done really well in his first class career,” he added.

“Even in this game he showed he can really play punches and at the same time he can beat with calm.”

He was also impressed with Siraj’s control and precision.

“It is very difficult for a beginner to demonstrate this kind of discipline,” said Rahane.

Sydney is hosting the third test from January 7.

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