08 Jan 2021: SCG Test: Shubman Gill draws praise for his astonishing knock
He slammed his maiden half-century, and put up a 70-run stand with his senior Rohit Sharma after Australia were bundled out for 338 in the first innings.
Although he couldn't capitalize further, his 101-ball 50 was hailed by several legends.
Here is more.
Knock: Shubman scored a brilliant fifty
Gill appeared to be sturdy against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
He carried on with his aggressive approach, giving the opposition very less margin for error.
His 50-run knock was studded with as many as eight fours.
Notably, he became the fourth-youngest Indian opener (21y, 122d) to score 50 or more outside Asia (Tests).
Fact: He has a bright future across formats: VVS Laxman
"For someone playing only his 2nd test match, @RealShubmanGill looks very assured at the wicket. Good solid defense, positive stroke play, and clarity of thought. Definitely has a very bright future for India in all the 3 formats," Indian legend VVS Laxman tweeted.
Technique: Gill's meticulous technique was in spotlight
More than Gill's fifty, what impressed the experts was his immaculate technique.
He was certain with his footwork, which helped him lean forward and get back in time perfectly.
Among all the strokes, his pull shot against the short deliveries stood out.
Also, the nature of SCG track assisted his game-play as he had a little more time to play his shots.
Praise: Little Master Sunil Gavaskar highlights his technique
Speaking on the same, Little Master Sunil Gavaskar said, "The way he got behind the line of the ball was so impressive, and that is the thing you want to look at, how quickly they get behind the line."
"His defence was as good as his attacking batting and that is why I think he has got a big career ahead of him."
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What next?: Another test awaits Gill!
Another stern test awaits Gill in the second innings.
If the match progresses rapidly, India will likely end up chasing, which is always deemed a daunting task at the SCG.
His technique will be tested on a deck that proliferates cracks on the last two days.
Post that, he would have to acclimatize according to the Gabba deck, which offers more movement and bounce.
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