Performed my recreation, not pleased with free shot: Gill

Melbourne, December 27

Shubman Gill, who was impressive in his India debut even if he missed out on a half-century by five runs, said he was unhappy that he got out playing a loose shot.

Gill, who was dropped twice and edged a few balls, fell for 45 when he tried to drive Pat Cummins without moving his feet. “Overall I wanted to play with intent and build partnership which I did to some extent but I am not satisfied the way I got out, it was last ball of Cummins’ spell and it was a loose shot,” Gill said. “When I came into bat, there was something in the pitch, it was lively but the only thing I told myself was that no matter what was in pitch, I should be able to play my game,” the 21-year-old said.

Gill said facing a high quality Indian attack at the nets while being with the team has been a confidence-booster and it put him at ease when he faced the first ball of his Test career. “I have been travelling with the team for the last 4-5 Test series, it has helped me a lot,” said the Punjab batsman. “I have been able to settle in the team and to be able to play someone like Bumrah or (Mohammed) Shami bhai or Umesh bhai at the nets, it is a huge confident-booster for a youngster. And when I went into bat today I didn’t feel like I am in a whole new place.”

Asked if he sees himself as an opener in the Indian team, Gill said: “I don’t have any certain plan, wherever team wants me to bat, I am happy to bat.”

“… I had certain plans and certain expectations from myself. Before coming into this match I was talking with our batting coach (Vikram Rathour) and our head coach Ravi (Shastri) sir and we were talking about how I should approach the match,” he said. — TNS, agencies

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