Shubman Gill: Currently, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, Team India is playing the second Test match of the 5-match series against the England Team at Visakhapatnam. The series commenced on February 2nd, and by the end of the third day’s play, India has positioned itself quite well. The credit for this goes to the 24-year-old young batsman Shubman Gill, who secured his third Test century against the English team, setting several significant records. So let’s delve into three of Gill’s notable records.
Shubman Gill’s bat in Visakhapatnam Test
Actually, star batsman of Team India, Shubman Gill, had been facing criticism for his performance in Test cricket in the past several innings, leading to a considerable amount of trolling. However, he silenced all the critics by scoring a century in Visakhapatnam against England.
During the second innings of the Visakhapatnam Test being played between India and England, Shubman Gill displayed a magnificent century with his bat. Gill scored 104 runs with the help of 11 boundaries and 2 sixes, facing 147 deliveries against the English bowlers. With this century against England, Gill has now achieved three significant records, surpassing Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.
Gill surpasses Yuvraj-Sehwag
In the second innings of the second Test match played against England in Visakhapatnam, Shubman Gill’s century marked his 10th century in his international career. With this century, he surpassed stalwarts like Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, and Yuvraj Singh. At just 24 years of age, Gill has already scored 10 international centuries for India.
With these centuries, he now holds the third position for scoring the most centuries for India before the age of 24, following the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored 30 centuries by the age of 24. In this regard, Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, and Yuvraj Singh had each scored 9 centuries by the age of 24.
Batsman who scored most centuries for India at the age of 24
30 – Sachin Tendulkar (273 innings)
21 – Virat Kohli (163 innings)
10 – Shubman Gill (99 innings)
With the century in this match, Shubman Gill has notched his third century in the World Test Championship. Achieving this feat, he now stands at the fourth position, collectively scoring the most centuries after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Mayank Agarwal.
Most centuries for India in the World Test Championship (WTC)
7 – Rohit Sharma
4 – Virat Kohli
4 – Mayank Agarwal
3 – Shubman Gill
3 – KL Rahul
3 – Rishabh Pant
3 – Ajinkya Rahane
Apart from these two significant records, Shubman Gill has also achieved a remarkable milestone. He has become the first batsman to score a century batting at the number 3 position in home Tests since the year 2017. It’s worth mentioning that this century at number 3 on home soil is the first in seven years by any Indian batsman.
The last time Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century while batting at number 3 was in the year 2017. Since then, no batsman had been able to achieve a century while batting at the third position until now. From 2017 until now, at the number 3 position, Pujara has played 22 innings, Shubman Gill has played 5, Hanuma Vihari has played 3, while KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin have each played 1 inning.
Apart from these three records, Shubman Gill has also made several significant records that are not easy to detail.
India-England match status
In the ongoing match between India and England, Team India scored 255 runs in the second innings, setting a target of 399 runs for the English team. Chasing this target, the England team has scored 67 runs for the loss of 1 wicket by the end of the third day’s play. Currently, Jack Crawley and Rehan Ahmad are at the crease. So it remains to be seen whether the English team can successfully chase the target on the fourth day or not.