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Shubman Gill Roars Back: Young Gun Silences Critics With Impressive Century Against England
By CricShots - Feb 4, 2024 2:58 pm
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Shubman Gill, the young Indian batsman facing criticism for his recent struggles in Test cricket, silenced his critics with a splendid century on Day 3 of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam. The stylish right-hander’s timely return to form proved crucial for India, especially after the top order faltered in the second innings. Gill entered the crease early in the day, following the dismissals of Rohit Sharma (13) and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had scored a double century in the previous innings.

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Shubman Gill scores a fighting century

Facing the precision of James Anderson’s bowling, Gill initially displayed caution, considering the accuracy of the veteran pacer. Luck favoured Gill in the early stages, surviving a close LBW call that was overturned due to an inside edge detected by the TV umpire. Another scare followed when an incoming delivery from Anderson hit Gill’s knee roll, but the on-field umpire ruled in favour of the batsman.

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These fortunate moments seemed to boost Gill’s confidence. He gradually shifted gears, showcasing aggressiveness by smashing a straight six off Shoaib Bashir and confidently using his feet against the spinners. Gill’s positive intent became evident as he reached his half-century with a flurry of attacking shots, including a boundary down the ground and a cover drive.

Gill’s fifty came off just sixty deliveries, marking a significant relief for the young batsman who had been under scrutiny for his recent struggles in Test cricket. Prior to this innings, Gill’s career average had dipped below 30, and his last fifty-plus score dated back to March 2023.

After the Lunch break, Gill continued his composed approach, forming partnerships with the lower order. Despite the loss of Shreyas Iyer (29) and Rajat Patidar (9), Gill, alongside Axar Patel, maintained a steady scoring rate. In the 41st over, Gill unleashed his attacking instincts against leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, hitting a six and two boundaries off consecutive deliveries.

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Displaying positive intent and a desire to dominate the England bowling attack, Gill reached the coveted century in the 52nd over, facing 132 deliveries in the innings. The century was not only a personal triumph for Gill but also a crucial contribution to India’s innings, addressing concerns about his form and securing his spot in the Test XI.

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