Young Shubman Gill has been the talk of the town after his sublime form in his debut series against Australia. He debuted in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne to replace the out-of-form Prithvi Shaw. In the recently concluded Test series, Gill ended up with 259 runs in three Tests at an average of 51.8.
After returning to India, the opener on Friday said, “I am relaxed now. Making my debut for India is a big relief. I was a bit nervous, but with every innings I grew in confidence.”
The 21-year-old played a defining knock of 91-runs in Brisbane’s fourth innings and gave the thrust for India’s historic victory on the final day.
“A century could have been the cherry on the cake. I was well set and I should have scored the century, but at the same time, I am happy that I have contributed to the team’s victory. This series was a big learning curve for me and I have become a better cricketer,” Gill said.
Gill aims high for the upcoming England series
“The next goal is to score consistently at this level. England series will be crucial for me because now I will not be an unknown entity. Facing the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer will be challenging, but I am up for it.”
The youngster from Punjab hailed Yuvraj Singh’s contribution for his success in Australia.
“The camp with Yuvi paaji before the IPL was very useful. During that camp, he prepared me to face chin music. He used to throw hundreds of short-pitch balls to me from different angles, and I think it helped me a lot,” said Shubman.
After returning to home in Punjab nearly after six months, Gill wants to be with his family.
“I was craving for homemade food. For the next couple of days, I just want to be home and eat my favourite dishes,” he said.