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AB de Villiers applauds Shubman Gill for a stunning hundred under pressure
By SMCS - Feb 8, 2024 9:30 am
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Legendary South African player AB de Villiers is highly impressed with star Indian batter Shubman Gill for the stunning hundred that he scored in the second innings of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam. Gill’s knock of 104 helped India set up a decent target of 399 for England. As England scored 292 in their fourth innings, the veteran believes Gill’s knock was match-defining for India.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

In a video on his YouTube channel, AB de Villiers said about Shubman Gill’s hundred: “He (Gill) came to Vizag and just showed the incredible character that the young man has got. What an incredible player. I don’t know if he has worked on his technique at all or has anything changed, but it just shows you the talent he has got. In the second innings of a big Test match, that was a telling hundred and let me tell you, that was the difference between the two sides.”

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However, after the game, while speaking on Sports18, Shubman Gill accepted that he was under a bit of pressure while coming into the second Test due to the expectations he had from himself as well. And, the hundred will certainly help him believe that he could do well at No. 3 in Test cricket.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

And, AB de Villiers also claimed that England captain Ben Stokes was right to feel bad by with the way opener Zak Crawley was adjudged LBW in the fourth-innings chase. Crawley was looking good for his 73 and was distraught to see the LBW decision go against him as the technology got it wrong by suggesting Kuldeep Yadav had trapped Crawley in front of the wicket as well.

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“I am looking at it now and I feel it is not hitting the leg stump (Crawley LBW). It might just clip or touch the outer part of the leg-stump, which ultimately would be umpire’s call. Technology has made decisions more accurate, but they need to make sure that the cameras are right in line with the middle stump at both ends and not at an angle. Ben Stokes was a little bit upset and rightfully so,” AB de Villiers concluded.