Indian batsman Shubman Gill revealed his conversation with head coach Rahul Dravid about his preferred No. 3 position for the Test series against the West Indies. He said he feels it’s a good place to hit and he wants to establish himself.
On the eve of the ongoing first Test against West Indies, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned that Yashasvi Jaiswal will make his debut for India and will open the innings alongside him.
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The veteran starter also revealed that Shubman Gill will be taking the No. 3 spot, as he himself wanted to hit there and had a conversation with coach Rahul Dravid about it. The number 3 position was left vacant after Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the squad for the series against the West Indies.
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Shubman Gill, however, talked about why he wants to hit at No.3. He noted that with India A, he batted a lot there and noted that hitting at 3 allows the batsman to get a bit more rest between innings. Speaking to the broadcasters, he said:
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“In India A games, I hit a lot at No. 3 and 4. They asked me where I wanted to hit in the series and I said I wanted to hit at No. 3 and I think that’s a good position for me. where I want to consolidate. It is always an advantage to play against a new ball. I have that advantage opening up the batting. Hitting at No.3 isn’t much different from opening hitting. You probably get a little more rest between innings.”
Shubman Gill has batted as a starter for most of his international career. He only batted once at No.3, where he managed to score 47 runs against New Zealand.
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India has played debut matches in the ongoing Test against the West Indies. Yashasvi Jaiswal together with Ishan Kishan are the two players who will play their first match for white.
With two youngsters making their debut, Shubman Gill was asked whether he is now a senior in the team or not. Responding to this, he said: “Not really, I’m not a senior player. The roles are a bit different, but he’s not a senior player yet.”
Shubman Gill, in particular, has secured his place for the Indian team in all three formats of the game. He is touted as the Prince of Indian cricket.
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