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23 Jan 2021
Young Indian opener Shubman Gill has credited former India legend Yuvraj Singh for his consistent run in Australia in his maiden season as a full-time Test opener. Gill spent a considerable amount of time with the former left-hander in a camp before the last Indian Premier League. Gill who had played a few limited-overs matches coming into the long tour got his elusive Test cap during the Boxing Day Test against Australia.
From the outset, his strokeplay was exceptional and was one of those very few players who looked at complete ease against a world-class Australian pace battery and Nathan Lyon. He did play a few poor shots which brought about his downfall but his composure in the crease was a sight to behold. He smashed a sensational 91 in the 2nd innings of the final Test and provided the much-needed impetus for the guys coming after him to go after the target.
Gill who looked at ease against well-directed short deliveries was trained by Yuvraj with throwdowns in the nets. Gill was one of the finds for India during the Test series and his returns clearly show that he is here to stay.
"The camp with Yuvi paaji before the IPL was very useful. During that camp, he prepared me to face the chin music. He used to throw hundreds of short-pitch balls to me from different angles, and I think it helped me a lot," Gill was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Despite looking at ease against all the top fast bowler he did admit that he was a bit nervous while making his debut for India and quite understandably so.
"I am relaxed now. Making my debut for India is a big relief. I was a bit nervous,” Gill added.
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