Shubman Gill, on Tuesday, came up with a scintillating knock of 91 to put India in a solid position on day five of the ongoing Test against Australia in Brisbane. Chasing 328, India started the final day on 4 for 0 with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma starting the proceedings with the bat. Both the batsmen looked solid right from the start but could not stitch a big partnership.
They could add just 14 runs to the overnight score before Pat Cummins sent back Rohit for 7. The early setback, however, did not affect Shubman Gill as he came up with a classy innings. The young opener mixed caution with aggression to keep India in a good position. He received good support from his senior teammate Cheteshwar Pujara as the duo ensured India did not lose any more wicket in the first session.
Shubman Gill, who resumed the day on the overnight score of 0, reached his fifty in the 29th over with a double off the first ball, bowled by Josh Hazlewood. He took 90 balls to score his second Test fifty. The right-handed batsman, who made his Test debut in the very series, also registered his name in the record books by becoming the youngest Indian opening batsman to score a fifty in the fourth innings of a Test match. The previous youngest was Sunil Gavaskar when he hit an unbeaten 67 against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 1970/71 on his debut.
Shubman Gill was eventually dismissed for a well-made 91 when he edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to Steve Smith at first slip. His 91-run knock came off 146 deliveries and was studded with 8 fours and two sixes. The 21-year old has been one of the biggest finds for India on the tour. After making his debut in the second match of the series, scoring 45 and 35 not out in Melbourne, the right-handed batsman hit his maiden fifty in the following match (first innings) in Sydney.
Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity was quick to lavish praise on the batsman for his knock. Cricketers from around the world as well as fans took to Twitter to hail the India star.
Here are some of the reactions to Shubman Gill’s innings:
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— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) January 19, 2021
Shubman Gill is a serious player!!!!!
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) January 19, 2021
The way @RealShubmanGill batted today he definitely deserved a century- but I’m sure there are many that lie ahead in his future. Amazing talent and more importantly has the mental strength to handle pressure. #future #class #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/D1tqCr1x2r
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 19, 2021
Shubman Gill is a joy to watch
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) January 19, 2021
Pant last game: 97
Gill this game: 91
Gambhir-Dhoni smiling from farmhouse.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 19, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) January 19, 2021
Fin innings from Gill. Wish he hadn't fished outside the off stump.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 19, 2021
This is no longer a statement from Shubman Gill. It’s a declaration. He’s no longer the next big thing. He’s The Big Thing #AUSvIND
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 19, 2021
Shubman Gill's bat is sponsored by all the guys better at cover driving than him
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) January 19, 2021
End of a spectacular effort from @RealShubmanGill deserved the 100.
Indian cricket’s next batting superstar this man.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 19, 2021
Shubman Gill is a national treasure.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) January 19, 2021
Australia gave it everything in the session, but they must be saying " Gill hai ki Maanta Nahi".
Great start to the day for India, two more of such sessions and we retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy for the 3rd time in succession. #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/tqMgw269sC
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 19, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2021
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