At 21 years old, Shubman Gill was only playing his third Test match when he played an innings he will one day tell his grandkids about. In the memorable Gabba Test, Gill’s 91 on the final day created the platform for India to successfully chase down 328 at a venue where no Australian team had lost since 1988.
Gill’s Test career had already started off with a promising start in his previous two matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. With Gill scoring 45 and 35 not out, India bounced back from its Adelaide low. During the second innings, he hit another confident 31 to reach his first half-century in Tests. On the Gabba Test final day, he is expected to perform at his best. As Gill explained, after India lost Rohit Sharma cheaply on the fourth day, they felt it was only a matter of time before the Australians were able to conclude the Indian innings. During his conversation with me, Gill shared insights about what compelled him to play the innings of his young career so far.
“The Australians celebrated casually following Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. As if they knew what was going to happen,” Gill stated about the host team’s celebrations following Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in an interview with veteran sports journalist Jamie Alter for GQ Magazine.