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We could have scored a few more runs

Shubman Gill opined that he left some runs on the board on Day 3 of the second Test against England in Vizag.

The right-hander survived a couple of close chances in his innings but scored a magnificent score of 104 (147). When he was batting, it looked like India would set England a target of at least 450. However, the hosts lost the last five wickets for 44 runs after he got out, crumbling to a 398-run lead.

“I’m very happy, but I feel like I left myself out a little bit. We could have scored a few more runs, but overall it was a good effort,” Shubman Gill said after the day’s play.

Gill survived a close LBW call against Tom Hartley at 4, which came down the field and looked poised. Gill reluctantly reviewed and replays showed a slim lead when the ball passed his bat. Speaking about the nearby situation, he said:

“The first one, I didn’t feel it. Shreyas (Iyer) told me to do the review and once I saw the replay on the big screen, I was very satisfied,” Gill said.

The shot he took also became a mini-drama in itself. Ben Stokes had kept a fielder straight behind the bowler and filled the leg side, leaving a big gap offside. Shubman Gill decided to tackle it with a reverse sweep and ended up flicking it into the air for goalkeeper Ben Foakes to catch easily. Speaking about his dismissal, Gill said:

“I saw the gun fielder go there and thought it was a percentage shot. But maybe it wasn’t the right time. Maybe I should have played those 5-6 overs before tea,” he said.

It was a crucial century for the right-hander as it was his first 50+ knock after 12 Test innings.

‘We should do the job’: Shubman Gill on India’s chances

When asked about the match and pitch situation, Gill reckoned it was “70-30” in India’s favour, even though Vishakapatnam was still a decent batting surface. He said:

“It’s a pretty decent wicket to bat on. You can’t bat on the rise and you have to put in the effort. If we get the right number of balls in the right areas, we should get the job done tomorrow… We are,” Shubman Gill said.

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Edited by Siddharth Dhananjay.


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