Playing sessions is very important as an opener, concedes Shubman Gill

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24 May 2021 | 07:25 AM
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Playing sessions is very important as an opener, concedes Shubman Gill

"Over the last few years, we have been doing very well on away tours, so our confidence is very high"

Against Australia, Shubman Gill played with a clarity that belied his inexperience and rose to become one of the first-choice openers for the subsequent tours. Despite his indifferent performances against England at home, he is set to don the role once again against England in England. Previously, England had tested the openers’ ability to the limit but for Gill, it is about assessing the conditions accordingly and playing out sessions.

"As an opener, not just in England but everywhere, you need to know how to play out sessions. Playing sessions is very important. It has been seen in England that whenever it is cloudy, the ball swings a lot. When there is sun, the pitch becomes good for batting. It is necessary to assess conditions as an opener,” Gill said while speaking to India TV.

“Our performance in Australia was very good. Over the last few years, we have been doing very well on away tours, so our confidence is very high. I think we can’t be better prepared for the World Test Championship (WTC) final than this,” added Gill.

Gill didn’t have a great IPL but he understands that the experience of facing the likes of Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson helped him gain a firm footing and that will keep him in good stead.

“It helps a lot when you play good bowlers in nets and play them for a long period of time. Your confidence is very high. Like in our KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) team, we had good bowlers like Ferguson and Cummins,” he said further.

“Definitely, you get high on confidence. When you go out and play a match, you know what they’ll bowl. Those things matter.”

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