Shubman Gill battled a fruitless streak of 12 innings without even a half-century, sparking discussions about whether India should remain in the starting XI when players like Virat Kohli return. Shubman Gill responded in first class fashion and scored his first goal. ranked 3rd nationally and 3rd overall ever in the century. Despite the fine knock, there was a look of disappointment on his face when he was dismissed for 104 en route to India setting a target of 399 for England in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Although it was simply a matter of Gill missing the opportunity to put up a higher score for his team, he later admitted that he would probably get pulled up by his father for taking a reckless shot that ended his setback.
More than just an unnecessary swing with the bat, Gill was undone by England captain Ben Stokes' mind game with the constant field changes. Against Shoaib Bashir's fuller outside shot, India's No.3 hastily tried a reverse sweep and ended up missing it as the ball flew off the gloves and England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes grabbed it. Although it was not played on the field, England managed to pass the test.
Speaking to former India head coach Ravi Shastri about the sacking at the end of the day's play in Vizag on Sunday, Gill revealed that he would know about his father's reaction to this sacking after he reached the hotel, but admitted that it was highly likely the case would be pulled up.
“I think so,” Gill told Jio Cinema hesitantly. “I'll find out as soon as I get back to the hotel, but I think so. He comes for most of my games, there is no such pressure.”
En route to his big knock, Gill survived twice, the first occurring when he was batting at 4. Tom Hartley gave him the early scare of England's lbw appeal by immediately pointing the finger up. But it was Shreyas Iyer who suggested Gill to do the review. The UltraEdge peaked and there was a slight distraction when the third referee nullified the call. The other instance came five deliveries later when the umpire saved him from another lbw scare, this time from James Anderson.
“Definitely very happy, but to be honest I missed the mark a bit. I didn't feel it on the first one (inner edge on pad). Shreyas told me to take it in case the referee calls it. I saw the point fielder going there and I thought it was a percentage chance,” Gill told Shastri.
Gill's 104 helped India set a target of 399 runs before England reduced it to 332, with the opening pair of Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett making a half-century stand. However, India made a breakthrough before the end of the third day when Ashwin dismissed the left-hander.
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