Shubman Gill plays a battle on Day 1 of the India vs New Zealand Test series. Twitter / @ BCCI

Kanpur: Indian batter Shubman Gill was all praise for New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson’s vicious in-dipper who broke through his defense, admitting he could not read the delivery as he did not expect the reverse turn just after lunch on the opening day of the first. Test here.

Gill, who scored 52, looked good before Jamieson got one to curl back in and it threw the Indian opener lock, stock and barrel during the after-lunch.

“I think he (Jamieson) bowled pretty well today, especially in the first round, he bowled pretty good areas to me, and after lunch, everything he bowled was top notch,” Gill said after today’s game.

The problem with his rejection was early reverse turns, according to Gill, as the ball was only 30 overs old.

“Sometimes it’s hard to start knowing when it swings the other way around, and especially after coming back from lunch, I didn’t expect the ball to turn so early in the game,” Gill was honest in his admission.

“That’s the thing with test cricket, you have to read the terms quickly. At this particular round, I was not able to read that ball well as I generally did not expect the ball to turn.”

On the day, he handled New Zealand’s spin duo of Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville with ease, and he attributed it to playing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the nets.

“If you are already playing two of the best spinners in nets, especially in India, it helps, because if you try to negotiate them, you have a much better chance of going in the middle of the fight and trying to deal with the crucial periods.”

He was all praise to Shreya Iyer for dealing with a difficult situation after India lost three wickets in the post-lunch session.

As for his own batting, what he liked was playing in front of fans who were kept out of stadiums for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Of course it felt good to be able to play a match in India with the crowd back and we look forward to the rest of the match.”

While opening batting, Gill reminded that if need be, he can also hit in the middle row.

“I have opened up for (my) state team, India A in first-class matches, in other countries I have also beaten in the middle order, it is more on the mental side rather than technique.”

Gill also enjoys that Rahul Dravid is now at the helm of the team, someone who has guided him in his formative years in age group cricket.

“It makes a difference when you gave the game age group cricket under him. You wanted to know what to expect from that person.

“Rahul sir was with us throughout our U19 days and not just the World Cup but the whole journey we had,” he concluded.

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