India’s Shubman Gill lit up Day Three of the fourth Test against Australia with a breathtaking hundred that left cricket fans in awe. Gill’s unbeaten 103 off 185 balls, studded with 10 boundaries and a six, helped India reach 188/2 at tea and put them in a strong position in the Test match.
On day three of the fourth Test between India and Australia, opener Shubman Gill stole the show with a magnificent century that put India in a strong position. At tea, India were at 188 for two, still trailing the Steve Smith-led Australian side by 292 runs.
Shubman Gill, who remained unbeaten on 103, batted brilliantly and stitched a crucial 113-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who contributed with a valuable 42 runs. However, Pujara was later dismissed by spinner Todd Murphy, who trapped him leg-before.
Australia had earlier made 480 in their first innings, and India needed a strong response to stay in the game. Gill and captain Rohit Sharma provided just that, with a 74-run partnership before Sharma was dismissed for 35 off the last ball of the 21st over.
But it was Gill who stole the show with his dazzling display of batting, particularly the unique short-arm jab off Mitchell Starc in the 31st over. The shot caught everyone’s attention, as it wasn’t his usual short-arm pull to midwicket or short-arm punch through cover, but an angled-bat punch that sent a short-of-length ball coming in from round the stumps to the off-stump line through midwicket. It was reminiscent of Graeme Smith’s style, and Gill executed it flawlessly with a full bat-face.
Shubman Gill Century Put India in a commanding position
Shubman Gill‘s innings was filled with crisp shots, including 12 fours and a six, and he batted for 235 balls. His century put India in a strong position, and he was well-supported by Kohli, who overcame a nervous start to score his first fifty in the format since the Cape Town Test in January 2022. Kohli’s knock was laced with five fours and he ended the day unbeaten on 41.
The final session of the day began with Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy operating in tandem, but Gill and Kohli continued to rotate the strike and hit boundaries when the opportunity presented itself. Gill brought out the reverse sweep off Murphy for four and danced down the pitch to whip Lyon through mid-wicket. Kohli, on the other hand, grew better as the overs progressed, driving Murphy through cover for a boundary.
Overall, India dominated the day’s play thanks to Gill’s stunning century and Kohli’s gritty knock. With three more days to go in the Test, India will look to build on their strong position and push for a win.