The recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under gave birth to a couple of new stars in Indian cricket. Among many, Shubman Gill grabbed a lot of headlines, and former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg feels the young batting prodigy will be the best in the business in the next 10 years.
Gill’s opportunity came at the expense of Prithvi Shaw, who failed to impress in the first Test in Adelaide. He made a calm and composed start to his Test career. He looked at ease against the Australian pace trio and gave a feeling that he belongs to this place. The young batting prodigy was quick to stamp his authority courtesy of his trademark strokes and eventually ended up scoring 45 in the first innings.
Shubman Gill has all shots in the books – Brad Hogg
He backed it up with a couple of half-centuries during the course of the next five innings, the best of the lot being his match-winning 91 during India’s historic run-chase at the Gabba. More than two weeks have passed by, but the fans are still obsessed with the euphoric victory and Brad Hogg was in awe of Shubman Gill for his ability to play the short ball easily.
“He (Shubman Gill) has got all the shots in the book. The thing that impressed me here in Australia was that when the Australians tested him with the short ball, he was prepared to take on the hook shot. He is going to be a little bit of a legend and he is going to be one of the best openers that the world sees over the next ten years in Test cricket,” Brad Hogg said in his YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill will be desperate to continue the good work in the upcoming four-match India-England series which gets underway from February 5. He is likely to retain his berth and open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.