Reason Behind Shubman Gill Missing Fielding Duties In 2nd Test Against England
By CricShots - Feb 5, 2024 2:17 pm
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Shubman Gill is set to sit out the fourth day’s play in the ongoing 2nd Test between India and England in Vizag due to a right index finger injury sustained while fielding on Day 2. While Gill managed to score a crucial century in the second innings, his injury has raised concerns about his availability for the remainder of the match.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill got injured on Day 3

On the other side, England faces an injury setback as well, with Joe Root breaking his little finger during a practice session on Sunday. The injury worsened when he was fielding in the slip cordon and got hit by the ball off an edge from Shreyas Iyer’s bat.

Joe Root’s absence could be a significant blow to England’s chances as they resume their chase on Day 4, with the team finishing Day 3 at 67/1.

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Shubman Gill’s century in the second innings played a crucial role in setting a challenging target of 399 runs for England, as India aims to level the series after losing the opener in Hyderabad. With allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and batter KL Rahul already out due to injuries, India is dealing with a depleted squad in the ongoing contest.

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan took the field in place of Shubman Gill

Speaking about the current state of the match, Shubman Gill emphasized the importance of the morning session on Day 4 in determining which team gains an advantage. He acknowledged the challenges posed by the pitch, mentioning that while it doesn’t offer as much turn as other pitches, there is variable bounce, making it difficult for batters to score runs.

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“It’s about 70-30 at the moment; the morning session is a big one. We’ve seen some movement for the fast bowlers. I think if we get the ball in the right areas, we’ll be okay,” commented Shubman Gill, highlighting the significance of the upcoming session in shaping the outcome of the contest.