On the third day of the second test between India and England in Vizag, fans witnessed a gripping contest unfold. Shubman Gill emerged as the hero for India, silencing his detractors with a remarkable century. His brilliant innings propelled India to set a challenging target of 399 runs for England in the fourth innings. Gill’s stellar performance displayed his batting skills and class.
As the day concluded, England found themselves at 67-1 in the fourth inning, facing a daunting task ahead. The stage is now set for a riveting final day of the test match, with England needing to display exceptional skill and hard grind to chase down the formidable target. The match promises intense moments and thrilling cricket action as both teams strive for victory in this closely contested battle on the Vizag pitch.
Shubman Gill, once hailed as the pinnacle of India’s next-generation players, found himself under an immense amount of pressure due to a prolonged struggle with low scores in Test cricket. Despite extensive backing from the team management, fans, and analysts, Gill faced mounting calls for his exclusion from the playing XI due to his under performance. The young batsman grappled with form issues both in overseas and home conditions, resulting in a significant dip in his Test batting average to a modest 29.
The Vizag Test proved to be a turning point for Gill, who responded to the mounting criticism with a spectacular innings that displayed his class. Under immense pressure, he silenced his detractors by slamming his third Test century and 10th international hundred in the second innings. Gill’s masterful innings of 104 runs off 147 balls, adorned with 11 fours and 2 sixes, not only demonstrated his ability to handle pressure but also signaled a triumphant return to form. This innings not only secured his place in the team but also reinstated him as a potent force in Indian cricket, reminding everyone of his immense potential and talent.
IND vs ENG: Eoin Morgan Highlights Ben Stokes’ Masterplan To Dismiss Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill’s impressive century came to an end as he fell victim to Shoaib Bashir’s LBW, orchestrated by England captain Ben Stokes’ field adjustment. Stokes created an empty off-side. Gill, attempting a reverse sweep, saw the ball pop up, caught skillfully by Ben Foakes. Initially not given by the umpire, England’s successful challenge secured the crucial wicket. Ben Stokes received widespread applause for his strategic brilliance, showcasing leadership and tactical brilliance in shaping the outcome of the match.
Eoin Morgan highlighted the impact of Ben Stokes’ strategic brilliance in shaping the wicket of Shubman Gill during the match. Morgan emphasized that Stokes, through numerous field changes, specifically on the leg-side, influenced Shubman Gill’s shot selection and mindset. Gill, who had played exceptionally well until then, fell into the tactical trap set by Stokes. The strategically placed field forced Gill to alter his shot, ultimately leading to his dismissal. Morgan’s statement acknowledges the match-changing role played by Stokes in creating a wicket through astute field placements and a well-executed plan against an in-form batsman like Shubman Gill.
Eoin Morgan said: “A wicket purely created by Ben Stokes. Numerous changes in the field. The stacked leg-side field enforces the change in shot, the change in mindset from Shubman Gill [who has] already played unbelievably well. Stokes knows it. England know it. He’s fallen for the trap.”