Shubman Gill and Mayak Agarwal were being watched for quite a while by senior members of the Indian team including Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. They believe that he is extremely talented and has a clear batting approach while keeping a positive mindset. At just 20 years, Shubman Gill seems to be in top form. Ahead of the Test series against New Zealand, the Indian cricketers have already gotten acclimatized with the scenario. Apparently, for the opener’s slot, he does receive some constructive competition from Prithvi Shaw, which is deemed healthy – primarily to maintain the morale and strength of the team.
Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal is another contending for the opener slot despite his faltering in the ODIs. Yet he remains a good choice for the red-ball format. All of them enjoy the challenges of facing a new ball. A sad calf injury kept Rohit out, thus giving space to Prithvi, Shubman, and Mayank. The others who are staying out due to injury are Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which has put pressure on the performance of the Indians, due to the absence of some members of the care team.
The head coach, however, remarked that decisions and options are always open and are taken in the best interests of the team. He went on to say that the wickets for the day game, especially in Christchurch, were extremely favorable for batting, with only the bounce being the challenge. There is also the wind to keep in mind and therefore, pulling and hooking the ball can also be a little difficult.
Shubman Gill and Mayak Agarwal are slated to become the new opening batsman with Rohit Sharma’s absence in the Test series. Still, we have two competing maestros the right-handed 20-year-old Shaw and then there is Gill. Their careers took off at the same time and therefore, some competition can be expected, which has only driven them to perform well. In the end, the team management will decide who will play first. Whoever gets the opportunity should not let it go waste.
Shubman Gill since his first ODI debut against New Zealand, in Jan of 2019, has risen as a player, inculcated confidence and mastered certain aspects of his game. Besides, he also learned a lot about fitness, other than his batting that also helps him in his sporting career. The more your fitness, the better the control over your mind and the more confident you are to play longer in an innings. He remarked that optimum fitness levels would not let him get tired, especially when he is playing a test match. He always prepares for fitness challenges and stays his ground as he plays across 300 or 350 balls and then goes out into the field. This routine does not tire him at all.
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