Boxing Day Test: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar stated that Shubman Gill looks ready for the biggest stage as the young Indian opener braved the Australian pace attack to remain unbeaten on 28 at Stumps on Day 1.
Shubman Gill was unbeaten on 28 with India reaching 36/1 on Day 1. (AP Photo)
- Shubman Gill has got the potential to shine: Ajit Agarkar
- Gill got a reprieve on four when Labuschagne dropped a regulation catch
- Gill impressed after getting dropped, seeing off Australia attack on Day 1
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar was impressed with debutant Shubman Gill as he said that the young India opener should have got the opportunity a couple of years back.
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.
“He should have got an opportunity couple of years back. He just looks ready. You can see obviously he has got the potential,” Ajit Agarkar told Sony Sports.
India lost an out-of-form Mayank Agarwal (0) to Mitchell Starc but debutant Gill (28 batting) survived a hostile spell to hit some delectable boundaries in the day end score of 36 for 1 in 11 overs.
Gill, replacing the dropped Prithvi Shaw, got a reprieve on four when Marnus Labuschagne dropped a regulation catch in the third slip off the bowling of Pat Cummins. However, a straight drive from Gill helped settle the nerves in Pat Cummins’s 2nd over. The opener grew in confidence as he played some delightful strokes along with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Agarkar pointed out that despite getting dropped at 4, Gill looked confident in his short stay at the crease before stumps and hoped that the young Indian opener will make it count on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.
“Couldn’t have been easy this little period but just grew in confidence with every ball that he played. Yes, got an opportunity, he has got that little bit of luck which you need at times. Hopefully, he can go on and make that count,” Agarkar added.
Earlier, R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah stepped up as India recovered well from the Adelaide horror to bowl Australia out for 195 on Day 1 at MCG. Debutants Mohammed Siraj made a fine first impression with wickets of Marnus Labuschagne (48) and Cameron Green (12) with the old ball.
As much as the day belonged to the Indian bowling unit for another fired-up show, new captain Rahane deserved equal credit for marshaling his resources to perfection during the 72.3 overs that Australia batted.