Highlights

  • "I will go and play the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Mohali,” Gill told one of his family members
  • Gill scored 104 out of India’s second innings total of 255 against England

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And according to a report in the Indian Express, he was even given an ultimatum by the Indian team management ahead of the 2nd Test.

Team Management gave Shubman Gill ultimatum ahead of Vizag Test; Was ready to play Ranji Trophy: Report

Shubman Gill was under immense pressure after the batter failed to convert his starts into big scores in Test cricket but he silenced his critics in style in Vizag with a brilliant hundred against England.

And according to a report in the Indian Express, he was even given an ultimatum by the Indian team management ahead of the 2nd Test.

“I will go and play the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Mohali,” Gill told one of his family members, the report suggested.

After scoring 104 out of India’s second innings total of 255 against England on the third day of the second Test, Gill was a pleased man.

It was his first 50-plus score in 13 innings and the first substantial knock after deciding to move down a place in the batting order.

“It was very important and very satisfying for me to be able to score runs at number three. It felt pretty good, especially in the situation given when we lost Yashasvi and Rohit, as they were really good at giving us good starts at the top of the order.

“I think it was important for us to get a big lead and to be able to get as many runs as possible,” said Gill, who survived two close DRS calls early in his innings before gaining confidence.

Ever since his U-19 days, Gill has been rated highly and last year he came of age with a stellar white ball season. However, the success in the traditional format eluded him over the past six months.

Gill knows that the team has high expectations from him and perhaps that is why his celebrations post the landmark were rather subdued. He did not last long after reaching the milestone, falling to a reverse sweep.

“It felt good. I just thought the job was not done for the team. So, that's why it was a little mellowed celebration,” he said.

Talking about his struggles early on when James Anderson was making the ball talk, he said: “I was just taking one ball at a time and obviously, there was a lot happening around the crease. A couple of wickets fell early and then me and Shreyas had a good partnership.” Gill was guilty of using hard hands in the series opener and even reached out to a fairly wide ball in the first innings here to get out. He put in the hard yards in the nets ahead of the second Test and that seemed to have worked for him.

“I think it's very important to stay true to who you are and how you have gotten there. Sometimes if you get over-defensive or over-aggressive or try to play or try to be someone that you are not, then you are prolonging those innings.

"Then you're sometimes not able to get out of that shell that was my thing going into this Test that I'm going to play how I've played my cricket throughout,” Gill shared his thoughts on dealing with the lean phase.


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