Team India youngster Shubman Gill says making his Test debut in Australia felt like “going into a war” and an important lesson that he came back with was never to “rule someone out of a scenario”.
The 21-year-old opening batsman was impressive during the tour, with a highest of 91 and another half century to total 259 in the four-match series that an injury-ravaged India won 2-1.
Shubman Gill made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne from where India’s turnaround started after the moral-crushing defeat in the Day/Night Test at the Adelaide Oval.
“As long as the fielding lasted, I was pretty normal. But when we finally batted, and I was taking a walk down from the dressing room to the pitch with the crowd cheering (backing the Aussies, nevertheless), it was an experience of a kind! It felt like going into a war!” Gill told his IPL franchise, KKR’s official website.
Shubman Gill, who made 45 and 35* runs at the MCG, received his debut Test cap from head coach Ravi Shashtri. The Fazilka-born batsman revealed he was swept by emotions, upon receiving his debut cap.
“It’s inexplicable. At times you go through a sea of emotions which just make you go numb. It was that kind of a moment. Ravi Shastri gave a speech in the huddle and then I received the cap from him. After that we won the toss and elected to field first,” he added.
On being asked what it meant to debut in Australia, Gill replied: “When I was a kid, I used to get up at 4.30-5 am to watch Test matches in Australia. Now people are getting up early to watch me play, that’s quite a feeling. I still remember my father used to wake up early and so would I just to watch the Australia series.”
“It was a different kind of fun to watch Brett Lee bowl or Sachin sir (Tendulkar) bat. All of a sudden, I was playing in that team and Australians were bowling at me,” he added.
“It felt surreal that the world was watching me. I was really looking forward to the challenge and always wanted to play in Australia to experience how it feels…no matter what, you can’t rule someone out of a scenario. We had so many injuries but the dressing room positivity never changed,” he further stated.