"If you're just looking to survive, bowlers bowl more good balls at you," Shubman highlights importance of 'intent' ahead of WTC Final
Shubman Gill will be the youngest Indian to play the World Test Championship Final when India and New Zealand lock horns at the Ageas Bowl from Friday (June 18). The gritty opener has already impressed the cricket world with his exceptional temperament in both Australia as well as at home against England and there has been a lot of buzz around him even for his first international stint in England.
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In the recent intra-squad match simulation at Southampton, he struck a neat 85 which eventually earned him a place in 15-man Indian squad for the final and guaranteed his position at the top.
A man of few words, Shubman, seemed pretty clear in his head when asked how much this moment means for him. He subtly put across his emotions and said, "World Test Championship Final, it will be the biggest match of my life so far!"
Touted as a product cut out for the long format of the game, Shubman has had some amazing time in England in the past playing U-19 and List A matches. While in U-19 ODIs and Tests, he averages 92.66 and 43.5 respectively, in List A, his average is a commendable 68.25.
He already has a couple of centuries under his belt in England, the first (102) coming in during an U-19 Test at Worcester in July, 2017, while the second (147) was scored in an U-19 ODI the very next month of the same year in Hove. Even playing for India A, in five innings, he has got three 50+ scores (86, 58*, 72).
Commenting on his run fest from the past and how it influences his mindset at this moment, Shubman said that his priority is to keep the run-scoring intent flowing and not feel the pressure of expectations.
"I feel, your intent to score runs in England should never go on the back seat. When you are looking to score runs, the bowlers get on the back foot and you can put some pressure on the bowler. If you are just looking to survive, you tend to get more good balls (bowled at you)," Shubman signed off.