‘Ready to bat wherever there's a vacant spot’ - Shubman Gill open to take middle-order role for India

"If the team management is looking at me in the middle-order, then I am ready for it," said Gill.

Shubman Gill in first ODI against West Indies
Shubman Gill in first ODI against West Indies (Photo Source: Fancode)

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India batter Shubman Gill has said that he is willing to take up the role in the middle-order for the national side to get more opportunities. Predominantly know to play as an opener, Gill has not got too many chances to don the Indian outfit across the three formats. Moreover, the player has not been able to cement his spot as a first-choice player in any format and has been on the lookout for roles in the middle-order.

Gill did get an opportunity to represent the national side in the rescheduled fifth Test match against England at Edbaston in July this year. However, he was unable to hit the ground running as he got scores of 17 (24) and 4 (3) in his two innings. The player is keen to get more opportunities and is ready to play in the middle order if an opportunity comes knocking.

"My game all-round is very good and I rotate the strike well against spinners. So even if I get a chance in the middle order, I am ready for that. If they [the team management] are looking at me in the middle order, then I am ready for it. When I scored that hundred in Zimbabwe, I was batting at one down, I didn't open. So, one down or two down, whatever the team needs, I am ready,” Gill told ESPNcricinfo.

Gill also spoke about his experience of playing in England and his maiden country stint with Glamorgan. "In England, you have to concentrate all the time. In those conditions, sometimes you feel you are set, but one spell can throw you off. It's not like that in India. Here once you reach 40-50, there is a pattern to bat. There is no such pattern in England. You could be batting at 110 and are still not set. No matter what score you are on, you have to be careful [on] every ball."

Adding to this, the batter said that he is also keen to get a spot in the Test side as a regular. "The red-ball format is very important to me. You get a different type of confidence when you do well in red-ball cricket. I am ready to bat wherever there's a vacant spot in the side."