New Delhi. Team India has made a good start against the host West Indies in the second Test as well. At the end of the first day of the first match being played in Port of Spain, Team India has scored 288 runs for 4 wickets. Virat Kohli is playing 87 and Ravindra Jadeja is playing by scoring 36 runs. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 57 and captain Rohit Sharma scored 80 runs. Shubman Gill 10 and Ajinkya Rahane got out after scoring 8 runs. On Friday, the second day of the match, the focus will be on Kohli. Kohli, playing his 500th international match, is only 13 runs away from his 76th century. However, Gill, who landed at number-3, once again failed to play a big innings. Team India is leading 1-0 in the 2-match Test series. In such a situation, she would like to clean sweep the series by winning this match as well.
It was decided to give Shubman Gill a chance at number-3 instead of the opener before the West Indies series, but he is still failing. Talk about the first test, so he could score only 6 runs. At the same time, he could not play a big innings in the second Test as well. Gill scored 10 runs off 12 balls and was caught behind the wicket by fast bowler Kemar Roach. Earlier, he had landed at number-3 only once in his Test career. In December 2021 against New Zealand then he played an inning of 47 runs at number-3 at Wankhede Stadium. The 23-year-old Gill, playing the 18th Test of his career, has scored 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries in the Test as an opener.
Decision taken after talking to Dravid
Rohit Sharma had told before the start of the series that Shubman Gill decided to play at number-3 after talking to coach Rahul Dravid. He has been playing at this number in domestic cricket. Yashasvi got a chance to open in his place. Yashasvi scored a century in the first Test as an opener and a half-century in the second Test as well. On the other hand, Gill has not been able to show any wonder on the number-3 chair till now. He may get a chance to play at this number once more in the series. If Gill fails to play big innings, then the management can take a big decision.
50+ only once in last 9 innings
However, the last 9 innings of the Test have not been anything special for Shubman Gill. During this, he has been able to score more than 50 only once. In the other 8 innings, he could not even reach the figure of 30 runs. In December against Bangladesh, he scored 20 and 7 at Mirpur. Then scored 21, 5 and 128 runs in 3 innings against Australia at home. In the final of the World Test Championship against the Kangaroo team in June, he could only play innings of 13 and 18 runs. Now scored 6 and 10 runs in 2 innings in West Indies.
Talking about Shubman Gill’s Test career, he has so far scored 937 runs in 32 innings of 18 matches at an average of 31. Has hit 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries. 128 runs is the best performance. On the other hand, looking at the record of first class career, Gill has scored 3469 runs in 75 innings of 44 matches at an average of 51. Has scored 10 centuries and 16 half-centuries. 268 runs is the best performance.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 21, 2023, 06:11 PM