In international cricket, Shubman Gill and hundreds are not the best of friends. He has been dismissed in nervous 90s many times including in his debut series against Australia. His first international century came three years after he started playing. Naturally, he didn’t play often all this while, but whenever he did, he looked fantastic, came near, and somehow missed the century. His 130 against Zimbabwe in an ODI in August of this year put a stop to the dry spell. In Test cricket, however, his wait went on. On Day 3 of the first Test match between India and Bangladesh in Chattogram, it eventually came to an end.
Therefore, Gill’s expression was appropriate. He is not the type to shout at the top of his lungs. To be completely honest, he can’t even try because of his harsh voice. Gill, though, doesn’t take that route. Gill just raised his bat to the dressing room and bowed to the cheering Virat Kohli and KL Rahul after dancing down the track to hit off-spinner Mehidy Hasan for a one-bounce four to reach his first Test century.
Here’s the video of Shubhman’s cheerful celebration after getting his first 100:
Gill played a fantastic inning. Yes, as a result of Ebadot Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan’s injuries, Bangladesh was at least a few bowlers short. Yes, India had perfect control of the game, and the number of runs Gill scored would have been negligible under the circumstances. However, every run mattered for a young player striving to secure his spot in all three forms who only had the chance to play this Test because the skipper was unable to due to a dislocated left thumb. The twentieth century was priceless.
It is no secret that Gill is a skilled spin bowler, but his dominance of Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam, particularly after he was out in the first innings while attempting to play a clever paddle sweep to the left-arm spinner, screamed.
Before getting caught in the deep while attempting to hit Mehidy for another six, he hit three sixes, ten fours, and three sixes while scoring 110 runs at a strike rate of 72.
By the conclusion of Friday, India will be in a position to force a declaration on Bangladesh thanks to Gill’s attacking century. Cheteshwar Pujara deserves praise for snapping his century drought by hitting his fastest Test century off 130 balls. India ended their second innings with a score of 258/2, giving Bangladesh a daunting 513-run mark.