Shubman Gill “Looks The Real Deal,” Says Virender Sehwag | Cricket News


Shubman Gill brought up his maiden Test half-century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.© AFP




With Shubman Gill showcasing his talent by scoring his maiden Test fifty against Australia, former India opener Virender Sehwag praised his performance and said that the youngster “looks the real deal”. Gill along with Rohit Sharma stitched India’s first 50-run opening stand after 14 innings on Friday during the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also performed brilliantly as he picked four wickets and effected a brilliant run out of Steve Smith as India bundled Australia out for 338.

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Hailing the players’ performance, Sehwag tweeted: “Excellent performance by Jadeja with the ball and in the field with that brilliant runout. Shubman Gill looks the real deal. Excellent composure and loved his backfoot play. But really enjoyed this fun moment, courtesy Bumrah.”

At stumps on the second day, India’s score read 96/2 — trailing Australia by 242 runs with eight wickets in the bag — with stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) at the crease.

The two Indian wickets in form of Rohit and Gill in the final 90 minutes of play on day two tipped the scale slightly in favour of the hosts. Although Australia looked to roar back into the game, Rahane and Pujara ensured that the hosts didn’t make any further inroads.

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Jadeja also heaped praise on Gill saying that the latter is “technically very sound” and has the temperament to play long innings. 

“I think, he is technically very sound. He has the temperament to play long innings. It’s good that he got a start today, the 70-run opening partnership with Rohit. It’s a good sign for India and hope he comes good in the second innings as well,” Jadeja had told the media during the virtual press conference at the end of the second day’s action at the SCG.

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