Despite scoring a century, Shubman Gill is likely to get a little scolding from his father for getting out while playing a reverse-sweep in India’s second innings in the ongoing Test against England in Visakhapatnam.
Under the pressure of losing his place, Shubman Gill, who had averaged only 25 from the start of 2023 until the start of his innings on Sunday in Vizag, scored a century to cement his place in the XI.
The 24-year-old’s knock of 104 runs helped India’s lead to swell from 171 to 398, while none of the other batsmen could get a half-century. However, he was disappointed with his dismissal as he fell to the bait offered by Ben Stokes.
Stokes removed point and third man and Shubman Gill fell for the bait: he went for a reverse sweep to off-spinner Shoaib Bashir and gloved it to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. This dismissal also broke the 89-run stand between him and Axar Patel.
It’s pleasing that Dad was watching me bat: Shubman Gill
After the end of play on Sunday, Gill spoke with commentator Ravi Shastri on Jio Cinema. Shastri pointed out that Gill’s father was in attendance at the stadium, and asked how he would react to his dismissal.
Shubman Gill said that he is likely to get a scolding from his father, before adding that it was pleasing for him to record a century in front of him.
Gill said, “I think so [he will scold me]; I will get to know once I get back to my hotel, but I think he will scold me. He comes for most of my games. So there is no such pressure. It’s more pleasing that he is there and watching me bat.”
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Chasing the target of 399, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett came out Bazballing their way and the pair struck 9 fours and a six combined, but Duckett was dismissed by R Ashwin.
Heading into stumps on Day 3, England are 67/1, needing 332 more runs on a pitch that is still decent for batting with the odd ball staying low. A fascinating day of Test cricket lies on Monday.