Shubman Gill made his debut for India in the Boxing Day Test against Australia on Saturday and former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath said that he looked like he belonged to international cricket.

Shubman Gill against Australia in the Boxing Day Test on Saturday. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gill opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the Boxing Day Test on Saturday
  • He showed his skills in an unbeaten knock of 28 on Day 1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • He was also dropped by Marnus Labuschagne in the third slip while batting on 4

Shubman Gill made his debut for India in the Boxing Day Test against Australia on Saturday. The talented batsman, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020, opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal and showed his skills in an unbeaten knock of 28 on Day 1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Gill was given an opportunity in the second Test against Australia after Prithvi Shaw fared poorly in the first Test in Adelaide.

Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath was all-praise for the youngster and said that his technique looks good and it looks like Gill belongs to the international stage.

“When I saw him the other day in the ODI, I thought he had a good technique, he looked like he belonged to international cricket.

“It was a pretty tough introduction to Test cricket there with the way Starc and Cummins were bowling, they (the batsmen) were playing and missing, there was that one edge that Labuschagne put down, but apart from that he looked pretty solid,” Glenn McGrath told Sony Sports.

Shubman Gill got a reprieve when he was batting on four when Marnus Labuschagne dropped a regulation catch in the third slip off the bowling of Pat Cummins.

Notably, Gill has a first-class average second only to Vinod Kambli at the time of the maiden appearance in Test cricket. Gill has played in 23 first-class matches so far and amassed 2,270 runs with the help of 7 hundred and 11 fifties at a staggering average of 68.78.

Gill should have made debut a few years ago, says Agarkar

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar, speaking on the same show, said that Gill should have got the opportunity to make his debut a couple of years ago.

“Shubman Gill has shown promise for a while. In my opinion he should have gotten an opportunity a couple of years back. He just looks ready, he has the potential. It couldn’t have been easy this little period (against Australia pacers) but he just grew in confidence with every ball,” Ajit Agarkar told Sony Sports.



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