IND vs ENG: Shubman Gill silences critics with ton in Vizag Test

IND vs ENG: The sensational batter faced criticism for his struggles in the red-ball format as he failed to perform on crucial occasions.

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IND vs ENG: Shubman Gill, the young Indian batsman, showcased his class by securing a third Test century on Day 3 of the second match against England in Visakhapatnam. The sensational batter faced criticism for his struggles in the red-ball format as the batter failed to perform on crucial occasions. However, Gill rose to the occasion when the top-order faltered in the second innings.

Gill came to the crease after the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma (13) on Day 3.  The pressure intensified as James Anderson removed Yashasvi Jaiswal, the double-centurion from the previous innings. Gill played cautiously against Anderson while he survived a close call of LBW call was overturned due to an inside edge.  Another scare followed, but the umpire's decision favored the young batter.

A cautious start against James Anderson

After the cautions start, he showcased aggression by hitting a straight six off Shoaib Bashir and deftly using his footwork against spinners. Gill took calculated risks as he stepped out to leggie Rehan Ahmed for a boundary and followed it up with a cover drive to reach his half-century.

Aggressive stance during second session

Switching gears seamlessly, Gill reached the fifty-run mark in just sixty deliveries, visibly relieved after facing criticism for his recent Test scores. Before this inning, Gill's career average had dropped below 30, and his last fifty-plus score occurred in March 2023 against Australia. In the 12 innings since then, his highest score was 34.

After Lunch, Gill adjusted his approach, adopting a more composed stance following the losses of Shreyas Iyer (29) and Rajat Patidar (9) in the first session. Along with Axar Patel, he focused on rotating the strike before launching an aggressive onslaught against Rehan Ahmed in the 41st over.

India on top 

Gill's positive intent was evident as he hit a six and two consecutive boundaries off the leg-spinner, signaling his determination to take charge against the England bowling attack. The 24-year-old reached the century mark in the 52nd over, facing 132 deliveries in the innings. He was dismissed by Shoaib Bashir on a score of 104. 

The brilliant ton by the young batter has put India in a commanding position. At the time of tea, India had scored 227/6 in 64 overs and took the lead of 370 runs.