Reports: Shubman Gill given ultimatum after Hyderabad Test facade

After facing an ultimatum following a two-ball duck in Hyderabad, Gill's place at number three was on the line.

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Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: BCCI)

In a recent turn of events, Shubman Gill silenced his critics with a gritty century in the second innings of the Visakhapatnam Test, securing his spot in India’s Test team. After facing an ultimatum following a two-ball duck in Hyderabad, Gill's place at number three was on the line.

Amid speculations about Gill heading to domestic cricket to work on his flaws, the youngster had alternative plans. He shared with a family member his decision to participate in the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Mohali, demonstrating his commitment to bounce back.

“I will go and play the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat in Mohali,” he told one of his family members according to The Indian Express. 

Gill's recent struggle with the bat, managing only 153 runs in nine innings, raised concerns about his vulnerability against spin and seam movement. Former India captain Anil Kumble didn't shy away from criticizing the team management for affording Gill more chances than Cheteshwar Pujara ever received.

“He (Gill) has been given the cushion perhaps even Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t get, although he (Pujara) has played over 100 Tests. I keep coming back to him (Pujara) mainly because that was his place (No 3) not too long ago. Pujara played in that World Test Championship final and post that, it’s been Shubman Gill, who’s been moving from the opener’s slot, and he wanted to bat at No. 3,” Kumble had said on JioCinema.

The century, albeit not flawlessly scored, provides Gill with the confidence and time to work on rectifying his technical shortcomings. His strokes were not without luck – a couple of inside edges and a fortunate DRS decision – but he made the most of the breaks, reminiscent of the resilience good batters exhibit.

As Gill crossed the much-needed century mark, he secured breathing space and, perhaps, silenced some of the critics. The wink of disbelief after surviving a close call spoke volumes about the challenges he overcame. The century in Visakhapatnam may well mark the turning point for Shubman Gill, reaffirming his place in India's Test squad.

Discussing the current state of the ongoing second Test, India hold a firm position at the end of day three. England trail behind in their quest for a record chase. Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how the English batters cope with the turn and bounce on days four and five of this Test match.

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