India’s young cricketer Shubman Gill is the find of the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series. The talented batsman drew plaudits from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for putting on rock-solid performances on the field ever since he made a debut in Melbourne.
The right-handed batsman looked pretty good for his 45 in the first innings where he hammered as many as 8 fours in MCG Test. As far as the second innings is concerned, Gill scored an unbeaten 35 off 36 balls including 7 fours and guided his team to a memorable victory.
The 21-year-old continued his good form in the third Test in Sydney where he scored his maiden half-century. His innings included a flurry of 8 fours. Although he looked decent in the second innings, he was dismissed after scoring 31 (4 fours).
With a series of good knocks, Gill showed a tinge of experience and had also convinced the Indian team selectors that he can comfortably bat as an opener. For the third consecutive time, he was selected to play the fourth and final Test match at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Gill hits a six off Starc
During the final Test match, Gill looked like a different player altogether. He was dismissed for a single digit score of 7 in the first innings. However, he delivered the much-needed amends in the second innings during India’s run-chase of 328.
Despite losing Rohit Sharma early on for just 7 runs, Gill went about his business and played fearless brand of cricket. The youngster constructed the innings quite well and went on to score his second half-century. After he scored a brilliant fifty, he started playing shots.
Gill was at his devastating best when he took on Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc. During the second ball of the 46th over, Starc delivered a short-pitched delivery to Gill who was batting on 74. The right-handed batsman responded quite well by hitting a huge six.
In what appeared to be a terrific pull-shot, Gill timed the ball to perfection as it cleared the fence for a six. Gill’s sensational shot took even the commentators by surprise as they had to come up with adjectives and superlatives to describe the shot.
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Shubman Gill missed out on a well-deserved century by 9 runs. He ended up scoring a well-made 91 off 146 balls with the help of 8 fours and 2 sixes to his lofty standards of punching and counter-punching techniques.
India favourites to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy
Australia set up a target of 328 for visitors. After Rohit’s departure, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara added a valuable 114-run stand for the second wicket before Gill departed for 91. India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane looked good but was after making 24.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are making sure that things are going according to the plan. Pujara brought up his half-century. There are plenty of interesting things in store for spectators all around the world. India have plenty of time, overs and wickets to ace a historic run-chase.
India are the favourites to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy even if the intriguing Test match ends in a draw. Pat Cummins has by far been the best bowler for the hosts as he took 2 wickets to his name. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 1 wicket.