One of the best up and coming hitters in the world, Shuman Gill made a name for himself before becoming a regular for the Indian team in any of the three formulas. Having already made a mark with the limited chances he has earned in white-ball cricket, Gill showed he is a player of all sizes as he bagged his first Test hundred, in the second innings of the match on Friday. Seeing Gill reach the triple digit mark for the first time in the traditional format of the game, former India batsman Wasim Jaffer made a big prediction about his future.
Virat Kohli is widely regarded as a modern great. While it was Sachin Tendulkar who made a name for himself in the previous generation of players, Kohli is the only one who has come close to what Tendulkar could do with the bat. Jaffer, making a bold prediction, thinks that Gill will be the next superstar batsman to come out of the Indian camp.
“Well it’s good it came. He missed a few chances before but I’m glad the monkey is off his back. He’s a class player. After Virat Kohli he will probably be the next big hitter to come out of the Indian camp. He’s like a three-format player to me,” Jaffer said in a discussion on ESPNCricinfo.
Gill opened the innings alongside KL Rahul as skipper Rohit Sharma was not part of the team due to the injury he suffered during the ODIs. But Jaffer thinks Gill can play for India in the mid-tier too, especially when Rohit returns.
“Shubman Gill has played center order for his state team. He’ll get used to it. As an opener, if you’re in center order it’s not a problem because you’re used to playing spin,” he said.
Speaking of his own performance in the match, Gill said scoring his first test ton means a lot to him as he had missed opportunities before that.
“Personally, I thought it (first test century) would be a long time coming for me. Today was all about getting the fix out of the way. There were no other thoughts (while batting in the 90s). For me, it’s it was about how to play according to the pitch and then score runs it was very instinctive (hit a few boundaries and hit the milestone) when the bowler got around the wicket there was a gap between third man and point.
“I hadn’t played it the whole innings. And then once the field came in I went over the fielders. When lunch came around I hit around 13. When I’d seen 100 balls I was 70, it’s about pacing through the innings. You have to know when to strike as a batter. (The century) means a lot to me, my family and my friends who have supported me. Special moment for every player – getting the first century here means a lot to m,” he said.
Thanks to the hundreds of Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, India is in a strong position against Bangladesh, with a target of 513 runs to chase.
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