Sending yet another timely reminder to the selectors and the team-management, Shubman Gill struck an unbeaten double century against West Indies A. Gill, who was out for a golden duck in the first innings of the match, was unbeaten on 204 while captain Hanuma Vihari played a crucial knock of unbeaten 104 as the two bailed India A out of trouble after a top-order collapse.
India A were reeling at 50 for 4 when Shubman Gill and Vihari joined hands in the middle. The two sent the West Indies A bowlers on a leather hunt as they put on an unbeaten stand of 315 runs for the fifth wicket. The huge stand helped India A set a big target of 373 for the hosts on day three of the four-day encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Starting the day at 23 for 3 with only a slender lead of seven runs, India A lost nightwatchman Shahbaz Nadeem early in the day. But the fine start was not at all the precursor of the things that were to follow for West Indies A. After picking the early wicket of Nadeem, they remained wicketless for the remainder of the innings, toiling hard for 72 overs.
Gill struck his double ton at a magnificent strike-rate. His innings of 204 came off just 250 balls and contained 19 four and a couple of sixes. Vihari, on the other hand, was more sedate and scored his 118 off 221 balls. India A eventually declared their innings at 365 for 4, leaving West Indies A to survive 15 overs on the day. Openers Jeremy Solozano and Montcin Hodge managed to hold firm as West Indies A finished the day on 37 for no loss.
Gill, nonetheless, has further enhanced his reputation with his stunning knock. The youngster recently failed to make it to India’s squad for the series against West Indies. He had also expressed his disappointment over the same.