Shubman Gill may have received a lot of praise from his teammates and fans for scoring a gritty hundred in India's second innings against England. But the No. 3 batter isn't that happy, as the manner in which he was dismissed, right after the milestone, is sure not to please his father. Gill was the star on Day 3 of the second Test in Visakhapatnam. He was under a lot of pressure but shut down his critics with a fabulous knock when it mattered the most.
Early dismissals of openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal dealt a massive blow to Team India early on. James Anderson was right on the money, forcing Gill to play it safe. He survived a couple of close calls at the start but looked confident as the game progressed. The right-hander stitched two crucial partnerships with Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel en route to his third Test ton.
While the rest of the Indian top and middle-order batters struggled to find runs, the youngster rose to the occasion and rescued his side by pushing them to a competitive total. The Punjab-born cricketer brought up his 10th international century with a single in the 52nd over, making his father watch his son's heroic knock from the stands.
However, a few overs later, in a moment of rush of blood, the 24-year-old threw away his wicket by trying to play a reverse sweep. He failed to properly connect a delivery from off-spinner Shoaib Bashir, resulting in a comfortable catch by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. A fine knock that put India in command ended at 104 (147).
Speaking after the day's game, Gill was asked about his dismissal by broadcaster Ravi Shastri, and he admitted it must have frustrated his father. "I think so. I will get to know once I get back to the hotel, but I think so. He comes for most of my games, there's no such pressure," he told JioCinema.
Soon after Gill's dismissal, Axar also departed and England were able to wrap up the innings quickly. Chasing a massive target of 399, England started strongly but lost the wicket of Ben Duckett. The Men in Blue currently have a lead of 322 runs and need 9 more wickets to level the series.