India batsman Shubman Gill spoke about his innings in the ongoing second Test against England in Vizag. He said that he is satisfied with the way he played, but missed some runs when he came out against the run of play.
Shubman Gill took the monkey off his back as he played a stupendous innings and returned to form after a period of poor form. The right-hander got the team out of trouble and helped them set a huge target of 399 runs on the board.
Shubman Gill came to bat at No. 3 and ensured that India emerged from that shaky period, having lost Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal. He looked solid at the crease and played some accurate shots, putting players on the back foot.
Shubman Gill, who had a string of low scores under his belt, slammed his third Test ton and silenced all the critics. He finished with 104 runs off 147 balls. The batsman hit 11 fours and 2 sixes in his innings before getting out with Shoaib Bashir.
Shubman Gill spoke about his innings and stated that he should have batted at length. He also talked about the ball he took out and said that he wanted to score in the empty area. Speaking to broadcasters after the end of day 3, he explained:
“I’m definitely very happy, but to be honest, I left myself out a little bit. I didn’t feel the first one (inner edge on the pad). Shreyas told me to accept it in case it was the referee’s decision. I saw the armed outfielder go there and thought it was a percentage shot.
“I should have played overs 5-6 till tea. Pretty decent wicket to bat on. It is not an easy type of wicket to reach on the rise. You have to work hard because the stranger is turning and the stranger is staying low.”
I think right now the score is 70-30 – Shubman Gill on the game stage
Shubman Gill was further asked if his father would scold him for the shot he took with the ball he took out. Responding to this, he said that he will know only when he returns to the hotel.
Shubman Gill also believes that the match favors India 70-30, but is aware that the morning session will be key for his team. Speaking about the same, he explained:
“I think so (that his father arrested him for that shot that took him out). I’ll know once he gets back to the hotel, but I think so. He comes to most of my games, there’s not as much pressure.
“I think right now the ratio is 70-30. The morning session will be key. We have seen that there is humidity in the morning and it helps for the fast bowlers and spinners.”
After Shubman Gill got out, Axar Patel (45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (29) played vital hands and helped India post a total of 255 runs on the board. They set a target of 399 runs for England and then started with the ball.
Ravichandran Ashwin removed Ben Duckett (28) to help India get into a dominant position. At stumps on Day 3, the visitors were 67 for one and are still 332 runs behind.