Former Indian Test specialist VVS Laxman was in all praise for Shubman Gill after his stunning debut for India against Australia Down Under. The veteran cricketer reckons that the current Indian opening batsman has a bright future in all formats of the game. India were in a search of an opener who they can rely on for good start and Shubman Gill came in handy and how.
Gill was consistent against the most dangerous bowling line up one batsman can think, which has Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. The on drives played by Shubman Gill against these set of bowlers where the pitch had cracks and sudden bounce has made Indian fans all excited for his future.
VVS Laxman Heaped Praise On Shubman Gill’s Batting Prowess
VVS Laxman lauded the way Gill executed defensive shots while not hurrying to play any risky shot. The former Indian cricketer was so impressed with the opener that he tipped him as the future of Indian cricket.
“I think he will be the most-talked-about cricketer, not only in Test match cricket but in all three formats. The reason I say that is he didn’t get it easy. I felt the kind of talent and the performances he has shown in various levels whether it’s in the IPL, whether it’s India A or first-class cricket for Punjab, I think he has been very consistent. I think he waited patiently for his opportunity while some of his colleagues got ahead of him,” VVS Laxman told Sports Today
“What I really enjoyed was he was ready for the big occasion. And opening in Australia against a very good fast-bowling attack in the form of Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins is never easy but to do that in this fashion after India were bowled out for 36 and the aggression and technique he showed. The killer instinct he showed by backing his ability without comprising his ability and flamboyance speaks volumes of the work he has put in,” he added.
“I always believe the results might not go your way, but the way you prepare in international cricket is very important. I saw the preparation in the way he batted, not necessarily because of the way he batted. I feel he is someone who India will rely on in winning a lot of matches in all 3 formats,” Laxman said.
Shubman Gill will be most likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the first Test match against England on Friday, February 5th.