Gill stresses the importance of Opening stand with skipper


India’s rising cricket star Shubman Gill holds a strong belief that his opening partnership with India skipper Rohit Sharma could prove to be a crucial factor for the hosts in their upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign in October and November. Their partnership at the top of the order is anticipated to be a key asset for the home team as they prepare to compete on the world stage in this highly-anticipated tournament. The newly established Indian pair has enjoyed a prolific start together in ODI cricket, compiling 685 runs in nine batting appearances together in the format. This stat proves to be promising as India gears up for the upcoming mega tournament as well as for the Asia Cup which will begin from August 30.
“It feels great to be able to open with him, especially knowing that all the focus is on him. He’s someone who likes the other batters to go and just express himself and play the way I want to play the game. So in that nature, he gives the players full freedom for how they want to express their game,” Gill said. Gill and Rohit’s style of play in white-ball cricket, even as two right-handers, turns out to be a potent combination. The pair have managed to put up an opening stand of more than fifty in six of eight opening stands, they have also put on 143 against Sri Lanka in Guwahati, and 212 against New Zealand at Indore earlier this year.