HAMILTON: Promising India batsman Shubman Gill insists he's not competing with fellow young gun Prithvi Shaw for the opener's squeeze the primary Test against New Zealand but if he does get the chance , he won't "let it go waste".
With a double hundred and a century against New Zealand 'A' here, Gill has made everyone notice despite Shaw being firmly back within the mix for the upcoming two-match series starting in Wellington from February 21.
"Obviously, our careers started at an equivalent time but there's no fight intrinsically ," Gill said on Thursday when asked about his combat his competition with the previous India U-19 captain.
Both Gill and Shaw are 20 and thought of the celebs of the longer term after a splendid runs in age-group cricket.
"Both folks have done well in our positions. It's up to the team management, who they're going to play. it isn't as if there's a fight. Whoever gets the prospect will attempt to make the foremost of the chance and not let it go waste," the 20-year-old said before the warm-up game against New Zealand XI.
Having played in New Zealand for the last six weeks as a part of the A team, Gill feels that if New Zealand's short-ball factor are often nullified, it might go an extended way in helping the team.
"I think their bowling attack has been taking tons of wickets with the short ball, especially Neil Wagner. If you see the last series they played against Australia, when nothing was happening within the wicket, they were really counting on the short ball. As batsmen, if we could take that out of the image and not give wickets to the short ball, it'll be really helpful for us," he observed.
Just like vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had said in an interview with PTI, Gill also spoke about wind being a key think about Wellington during the opening Test which starts February 21.
"Wind (Breeze) factor is extremely important, especially once you are batting. The bowlers do tons of designing counting on the breeze. it had been not that easy to consistently pull and hook the ball (in windy conditions during the A series)."
An opening batsman during a match game is sort of a pace-setter whose performance sets the tone for the remainder of the line-up, feels Gill, who follows this philosophy for Punjab within the Ranji Trophy.
"It was nothing new me once I was asked to open the innings. once you go at No.4, already, you're two wickets down. That's a special scenario, a special pressure game. once you are opening the innings, you've got to line the sport for the entire team. That's a special thing. And once you are opening the innings, you've got to line the bottom for the opposite batsmen coming in in order that it'll be easy for them."
In the middle order, Gill said it's about being cautious when the second new ball is taken because you're playing at a particular flow and therefore the ball isn't swinging that much. once they take the new ball, you've got to be a touch more cautious than you were before."
While he has done well in New Zealand, Gill has found facing the red Dukes in England tougher thanks to the excessive swing on offer.
"There is more swing in England, and there's also more movement off the wicket as compared to New Zealand.
In New Zealand, the ball is additionally slightly different but I feel England is tougher once you are batting to seamers.
"India are going to be playing the second Test in Christchurch at the Hagley Oval, a ground where he scored 83 and 204 not call at an A game.
"I think the wickets here are specialized to bat on, especially once we played in Christchurch. the sole challenge that we were facing was the bounce which was specialized and consistent," he said.
The past one year has been a journey of realising his potential with good performances at the domestic and A levels and Gill listed what has worked for him.
"If you're improving on your fitness, you will not know but there'll be improvement. Your reflexes improve which helps. If you're fitter, you're confident that I can play a extended innings, I won't be that tired."