On the other hand, Siraj got an opportunity in the playing XI due to Mohammed Shami’s wrist injury, a wrist injury ruled him out of the entire series. And both debuts managed to impress at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the first day of the Test. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, after which Siraj was the first to showcase his skills.
The right-arm fast bowler took two crucial wickets, helping to dismiss the hosts for 195 runs. Siraj sent back the set batsman Marnus Labuschen, scoring the first 48 runs. After which he showed the path of the pavilion to Cameron Green with a brilliant ball. At the end of the day, Gill got a chance to impress, and like Siraj, he won everyone’s hearts with his batting.
Opener Mayank Agarwal returned to the pavilion without opening an account in the very first over of the innings. However, Gill did not let the pressure dominate the team and decided to bat aggressively. By the end of the first day’s play, Gill scored an unbeaten 28 runs off 38 balls with 5 fours.
While Shubman Gill has played only 38 balls in Test cricket, veteran pacer Glenn McGrath is confident that the youngster is at the highest level of the game. The former Australia fast bowler was all praised for Gill as he recalled how the batsman impressed with his batting performance during the Sydney ODI last month.
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“When I saw him in the one-day match the other day, I thought he had a good technique. He seemed to be associated with international cricket. “
“The way Stark and Cummins were bowling, he was playing them (batsman). That way it was a difficult introduction to Test cricket, he had an edge on the ball of Labushen, although he looked strong in addition.“