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Shubman Gill Disappoints Again in Vizag Test, Netizens React To Struggles
By CricShots - Feb 2, 2024 1:09 pm
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The ongoing second Test between India and England at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium has witnessed an intriguing battle, and after the first session, India finds itself at 103/2. Shubman Gill, who had a promising start, once again fell short, dismissed by the veteran James Anderson. Anderson bowled a magnificent out-swinging delivery that found the edge of Gill’s bat, resulting in a spectacular catch by Ben Foakes.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill again failed to capitalize on his start

Gill, after scoring 34 off 46 balls, struggled against Anderson’s swing, and despite a couple of fortunate edges for fours, he couldn’t convert his start into a substantial score. This continues Gill’s struggle in Test cricket, especially since being moved to No.3, where he has failed to register a fifty-plus score in 11 innings.

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Ben Foakes showcased his wicketkeeping prowess with a stunning catch, and Anderson achieved his 691st Test wicket, inching closer to the historic milestone of 700 Test wickets for a pace bowler. At lunch, India stands at 103/2, with Yashasvi Jaiswal unbeaten on 51 and Shreyas Iyer at the crease.

Debutant Shoaib Bashir made an impact by taking his maiden Test wicket, dismissing Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for 14 runs, caught at leg slip by Ollie Pope. India is aiming to win the second Test in Vizag to level the series, following their defeat in the first Test in Hyderabad.

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James Anderson’s mastery over Shubman Gill continued, marking the fifth dismissal of the young batsman by the veteran bowler. Anderson, with 691 Test wickets, is on the brink of becoming the first pace bowler to reach the historic milestone of 700 Test wickets. Despite losing key wickets, India aims to maintain its impressive home Test series record, having not lost since 2012.

  

The hosts, determined to extend their streak, face the challenge posed by England, who won the first Test in Chennai during their 2021 tour but eventually succumbed to India’s dominance, losing the series 3-1. India’s position in the ongoing Test suggests they are well-poised to continue their home series victory streak.

Here is how the netizens reacted to the dismissal of Shubman Gill: