Ravi Shastri States IPL Played a Major Role in Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj’s Career
Head coach of the Indian side, Ravi Shastri suggests that the Indian Premier League can also be credited with the performance of the youngsters Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test. India took the second test of the 8-game series and tied the series with two matches to go.
Captain, Ajinkya Rahane was a man in the match for his superb hundred. However, two debutants, Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill, have won the headlines for their outstanding results in Melbourne.
Replacing Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill was faced with a difficult challenge in the face of a world-class Australian bowling attack. However, after taking a quick sighter, Gill looked solid in both innings. He collected 45 out of 65 balls in the first inning; and stayed victorious in the second outing on a score of 35 out of 36.
Ravi Shastri confirms the brand of cricket they’ve been playing
Mohammed Siraj has a big burden on his shoulders: originally, he was filling in for the wounded Mohammed Shami; and in Australia’s second inning, he and Jasprit Bumrah had to carry more work than Umesh Yadav had been injured while bowling.
However, this was recognised by Siraj as an opening and cashed on it. The pacer took five buckets in the match, helping Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin beautifully by not leaking runs; and keeping a lid on Australia’s score rate.
This display of maturity by the two debutants makes Ravi Shastri point out that the youngsters were playing with and against the international cricketers during the IPL; and therefore they were not fazed by the tough questions posed by them in Melbourne.
Another youngster, Navdeep Saini, is expected to make his Test debut in the third test in Sydney instead of the wounded Umesh Yadav.
The coach was impressed by the approach of Shubman Gill in the second inning. In a short chase, Gill counter-attacked the Aussie bowlers when India lost two early wickets to give them no chance of any kind of comeback.