Young India batsman Shubman Gill, who is set to make his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test versus Australia on Saturday, has a first-class average second only to Vinod Kambli at the time of maiden appearance in the longest format.

Shubman Gill will make his India Test debut in Boxing Day Test vs Australia on December 26 (Courtesy- Instagram)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 21-year-old Shubman will make his India debut in the Boxing Day Test vs Australia from Saturday
  • In 23 first-class matches Shubman Gill has scored 2,270 runs
  • The Punjab batsman made his ODI debut in 2019

21-year-old Shubman Gill will become India’s 297th Test player with the start of iconic Boxing Day Test from December 26, Saurday. The anticipation to see the Punjab batsman in Test whites is about to get over tomorrow. Gill along with pacer Mohammed Siraj will take the field in the hope to help India make a comeback in the 4-match Test series.

After scoring 43 and 65 in the Pink-ball tour game, Shubman Gill was expected to feature in the series opener but Prithvi Shaw got the nod over him. Shaw was exposed badly by the Australia pacers and faced twin failures in Adelaide, ensuring a berth for Gill in the 2nd Test.

The news of the same was confirmed when BCCI on Friday announced the lndia squad for the second Test.

Shubman Gill, who made his ODI debut in January 2019 against New Zealand in Hamilton, has played in 23 first-class matches so far. With the help of 7 hundreds and 11 fifties, Gill has amassed 2,270 runs.

His staggering first-class average of 68.78 is the highlight. The Fazilka-born batsman is second only to former southpaw Vinod Kambli, when it comes to the highest first-class average by an Indian batsman at the time of Test debut. Vinod Kambli averaged 88.37 when he made his debut against England at Eden Gardens in 1993.

Shubman Gill’s sole aim now will be to provide a solid start to India and make the lives of team’s middle-order batsmen easy at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The whole of India will be glued to their TV sets on Saturday, eagerly waiting for the arrival of their latest star in whites.



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