Shubman Gill is having a memorable domestic season with the bat, as the U-19 World Cup winner has scored a heap of 720 runs at a staggering average of close to 80, with two tons and four fifties under his belt in the Ranji Trophy, and with a high score of 268 against Tamil Nadu last month.
The young batsman has hailed Cheteshwar Pujara as one of the key individuals who he has set as a benchmark, after his recent tour to the nation down under where Pujara scored 521 runs, after facing a record 1258 ball which is now the most number of deliveries faced in Australia, while surpassing the great Rahul Dravid.
Gill shared that he has a lot to learn from the new ‘wall’ of India which could assist his own career in the long run, and get an idea of how important the waiting game can be to a batsman in the longest format of the game.
“There are very few batsmen who can bat through the day and look to play out the balls. He (Pujara) played over 1200 balls in one tour, which is really phenomenal. To score 500 runs in a tour looks possible. But to face so many deliveries is setting a benchmark for the youngsters,” Gill told reporters on the sidelines of a Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture.
“There is a lot to learn seeing the way Cheteshwar Pujara bats, his patience at the crease. Australia had the world’s top bowlers and to score against them on the those tough pitches is phenomenal. I love watching him bat. Nowadays the batsmen look to score quick runs,” he added.
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