The century in Visakhapatnam couldn’t have come at a better time for Indian batsman Shubman Gill as he was under immense pressure coming into the second Test against England on the back of a duck in Hyderabad.
According to reports in The Indian Express, the team management had informed Gill that the Visakhapatnam Test would be his last chance to cement his place at No. 3. The report also claimed that Gill was ready to play Ranji Trophy cricket again if would have failed in both innings at Visakhapatnam.
Shubman Gill had informed one of his family members that he would represent Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Ahmedabad from February 9. The move was seen as a way for the youngster to return to a domestic routine and work on his technique.
The touch of the green followed the path of Shubman Gill
Given reports of an ultimatum, Shubman Gill would have been under even more pressure coming into the second Test. Despite looking good for his 34 in the first innings, Gill scored one behind and was dismissed off James Anderson’s bowling for the fifth time.
It seemed like it was all over for the youngster when the on-field umpire declared him LBW in the second innings off Tom Hartley’s bowling. As a last resort, Gill did a check and, to his surprise, the youngster discovered a faint inside edge of his bat before the ball hit his pads.
Gill survived another close LBW call, this time off Anderson, but it was the luck he needed as he played a superb knock of 104. It was his first Test hundred at the No. 3 position, after a barren spell of nine Previous tests. innings where he had scored only 153 runs.
Shubman Gill’s hundred ensured India managed to post a total of 255, setting England a mammoth target of 399. The visitors managed 67 of those runs and lost the wicket of Ben Duckett at Stumps on Day 3.
With England needing 332 more runs and India needing 9 more wickets to win, it is set to be a riveting end to another incredible Test match.