Shubman Gill’s resistance on day 5 of the Gabba Test showed how good he is already as a batsman. He made his Test debut in the second Test of the series and impressed one and all. He has been praised for his backfoot game. But how did he develop such a good foot game? Talking to the Times of India, his father revealed the secret.
Shubman’s father Lakhwinder Singh has been a keen follower and admirer of the game. He said, “Shubman has been interested in this sport since he was a child. Even when he was a kid, his favorite toy was a plastic bat. Seeing his interest in games, I made him I decided to train myself.” Lakhwinder was the first coach of Shubman who disclosed how they shifted to provide better facilities to the son.
“Our village is about 300 kilometres away from Mohari. However, due to lack of facilities, we took him here (Mohari). We moved to Mohari and had better facilities. I thought it would give him access to and open up opportunities for him, “recalled Rakwinder.
The secret of dealing short bowling
When Cheteshwar Pujara was visibly having a tough time to deal with short bowling, Shubman was at ease. The father revealed, “He was nine years old, so I had him play 1500 short balls every day. To make him better at handling fast bowling, I was throwing the ball over Manji (Charpoy). After sliding off the charpoy, the ball tends to move faster. In addition, he practiced with a single stump as a bat, which helped Shubuman find the middle of the bat.”
Lakhwinder added, “Then, a lot of time was spent practicing the mat pitch. The extra bounce that the mat provides tries to align and reach the correct position. Batters who played on the mat pitch play on their hind legs. Develops the ability to do this, which is very important for higher level cricket.”
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