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Indian Shubman Gill may be quite new to the international arena, but he has already made some valuable strokes that he would surely cherish throughout his life. One such performance was the 91-run show in the second innings of the fourth Test at Brisbane’s Gabba against Australia in January 2021. After failing in the first innings, Gill looked like a completely different batter in the same game when he came out to bat for the second time. His sharp shops against both the pacers and the spinners was a joy to watch as he made a remarkable half-century. In an interview with GQ India, Gill reminisced about that test and recalled specific strategies against leading pacers like Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc who paid dividends.
Gill revealed how the plan to play the pull shots against Starc in particular worked wonders “taking into account the shorter square boundary”.
“If you go back and take another look at those innings, you’ll notice I didn’t pull Cummins once. The pull shots were from Starc, taking into account the shorter square boundary from that side. top edge, it would free up the outfield players and set boundaries for me because he was bowling at a good pace,” he said.
He explained how gently he struck against Cummins, preferring to take the attack to Starc, which ultimately paid off for him that day.
“The end from which Cummins was bowling had a much bigger boundary, so I told myself to just try the pull shot against Starc and leave Cummins’ short balls alone. that Starc sent down, and it paid off for me that day,” he added.
India won the famous Gabba Test by three wickets thanks to a daring 56-run knockout by Cheteshwar Pujara and an 89-run unbeaten batting performance from wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
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