India's talented batsman Shubman Gill has said ahead of the first Test against New Zealand that he is not competing with fellow young batsman Prithvi Shaw but will not let it go to waste if he gets a chance in the playing-11. Gill, who scored a double century and a century against New Zealand A, also spoke about his preparations for the first Test, starting in Wellington from 21 February. Gill insisted in the meantime that he would take special care of these three things in New Zealand.
1. Neil Wegner will have to play hard
Gill has been touring New Zealand with the India A team for the past six weeks and believes that if the Indian team crosses with short pitch bowling, it will help them a lot. He said - New Zealand bowlers take a lot of wickets with short balls, especially Neil Wagner. If you look at his previous series against Australia, you will find that he relied on short bowling for wickets. Gill said that as a batsman if we remove it from the picture and do not give them a wicket with a short ball, then So it will be very helpful for us.
2. Necessary to reconcile with air
Gill also said that Hawa's role would be crucial in the first Test to be held in Wellington from 21 February. He said that air will be a very important thing, especially when you are batting. The bowlers will make a lot of plans for the wind. It was not easy to hook and pull the ball continuously (between air during the A series). In such a situation, you have to come down with complete planning.
3. Duke challenging to play ball
Gill, who has done well in New Zealand, finds it more challenging to face the Red Duke ball in England because it gives more swing. He said that the ball swings more in England and gives more movement from the wicket than in New Zealand. In New Zealand, the ball is also a little different, but I think it is more challenging to play in England as far as facing fast bowlers is concerned. But we have to know that the conditions in New Zealand are more Are not different.
No competition from Prithvi Shaw
"We both have done well in our place," said Gill, 20, ahead of the practice match against New Zealand XI starting here on Friday. It depends on the team management whom they feed. It is not that there is any conflict between us. Whoever gets the chance will try to take full advantage of it and will not let it go to waste.