The recent win for India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Down Under, to retain the crown, was highly important, since it produced and brought many talent Indians and future stars into the limelight. One of the batting gems that was unearthed in this series was the young opener, Shubman Gill.

Gill made his debut in the Boxing Day Test, in Melbourne. He batted in six innings since then, scoring 259 runs at a worthy average of 51.80, including twin half-centuries. He also finished as the fourth-highest run-scorer for India, after Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper, Ajinkya Rahane.

Meanwhile, talking about his experience, Gill has said that although he was initially nervous, has gained tremendous confidence following the outing. “I am relaxed now. Making my debut for India is a big relief. I was a bit nervous, but with every innings, I grew in confidence,” he told Times of India.

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Speaking on what contributed to his success Down Under, Gill credited Yuvraj Singh’s teachings, affirming that attending regular camps with the former Indian helped him refine his gameplay. “The camp with Yuvi paaji before the IPL was very useful. During that camp, he prepared me to face chin music (bouncers). He used to throw hundreds of short-pitch balls to me from different angles, and I think it helped me a lot,” he recalled.

Gill seemingly missed out on a century on the two occasions. However, he is happy to have contributed to the overall success of Team India, as he looks forward to the England series. “A century could have been the cherry on the cake. I was well set and I should have scored the century, but at the same time, I am happy that I have contributed to the team’s victory,” he reckoned.

“The next goal is to score consistently at this level. England series will be crucial for me because now, I will not be an unknown entity. Facing the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer will be challenging, but I am up for it,” he concluded.