TO Yashasvi Jaiswal The masterclass of the first innings, Shubman Gill’s performance in the third innings and Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational spell in the innings – it was the story of India’s Victory of the second test against England in Vishakhapatnam, which tied the five-match series 1-1. After the 106-run win, Gill revealed that he had taken an injection to treat the pain in his finger before his third innings heroics of 104 for 147, which helped the Indians score 399 as a target. .
Shubman Gill revealed this information while speaking to Jio Cinema panelists Zaheer Khan and Kevin Pietersen after the second test concluded today. The 24-year-old was under immense pressure to do something special from the No.3 spot, which he had overtaken Cheteshwar Pujara after India’s 2023 World Test Championship final loss against Australia at the Oval.
Gill dropped one place in the order from the starting spot to No. 3 since India’s two-match Test series in the West Indies last July. His movement made it easier for Yashasvi Jaiswal to face the new ball alongside captain Rohit Sharma and it was Gill’s own decision to take on the first-over role.
While the move did wonders for Jaiswal’s career, cementing his place in the Indian XI, it was Shubman Gill who had to pay the price. In all his previous outings at number 3 before the third innings in Vizag, the youngster could not even touch the 40-run mark.
His highest score before yesterday was 36 during the series that concluded the second Test in Cape Town against South Africa. The Fazilka-born batsman was battling a technical flaw in his batting that constantly pushed him to give up his wicket, every time he got off to a good start.
After disappointments in the first Test in Hyderabad against England, it was announced that Gill would be dropped from the playing XI for the second Test, but all that was circulating only on social media and not in the mind of Rahul Dravid, who backed him to score runs in this series.
“Gill is a good player. While starting the journey as a cricketer, we sometimes forget that it sometimes takes a little time. Some guys succeed instantly, in fact, he is one of those guys who has done very well in some of the early days of him, especially in Australia,” Rahul Dravid told reporters after the first Test.
“They gave me an injection before I went out to bat,” reveals Shubman Gill
While speaking to Zaheer Khan and Kevin Pietersen on Jio Cinema, Shubman Gill revealed that he had a lot of pain in his fingers due to the continuous catches he made during England’s first innings with the bat. Gill had taken as many as 4 catches at first slip and at mid-wicket and his fingers required medical attention before coming out to bat.
He also revealed the conversation he had with his father on the morning of the 4th, stating that his father told him that he had missed a century.
“They gave me an injection before I came out to bat in the second inning because they hit my fingers.”
“My father told me ‘you’ve missed a great century.’ I said I agree dad. Thank God he let me out of the hotel today,” said Shubman Gill at Jio Cinema.