Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has applauded Shubman Gill for scoring a century for India at the No. 3 position at home. However, Gill scored 104 runs off 147 as India posted 255 in their second innings on Day 3 of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, February 4 as well. England ended the day at 67/1, needing 332 more runs to win and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “It seemed like Shubman Gill did a job we had been waiting for many years. It did not take many years but his first century at No. 3 has come. The fact also is that it is the first century by a No. 3 Indian batter in India for the last six to seven years. So he has finally ended the drought. Shubman Gill was the performer of the day. He hadn’t scored runs since he started coming at No. 3. It was 12 innings since he scored his last century. The pressure was mounting and questions were being asked. The noise was increasing with every passing innings. It was important for him to score runs here.”
However, before Sunday, Shubman Gill didn’t have a Test half-century since his 128-run knock against Australia in Ahmedabad in March 2023 as well. He scored 23 runs in his two innings in the first Test against England and hit 34 in India’s first essay of the ongoing second Test as well. And, Aakash Chopra also praised Shubman Gill’s positive attitude.
“The thing I liked the most was that he came with a slightly proactive mindset. The feet were moving slightly better. You need a little luck when you are going through bad times and luck favored him. If the umpire had given him out off James Anderson’s bowling, he would have remained out as it was umpire’s call. He got an edge and the slip fielder was standing slightly wide. So there were one or two slight moments but other than that, he used his feet well, he started looking for runs and his body positioning was right. When you are short of something, you realize that it is very dear to you,” Shubman Gill concluded.