In a significant development, Shubman Gill, the emerging Indian opener, will be absent on Day 4 of the ongoing Visakhapatnam Test against England. Despite facing prior scrutiny for his performance, Gill silenced critics by scoring a brilliant hundred on third day of the second Test. He emerged as a pivotal player for India, guiding them through a challenging situation and helping set a formidable target of 399 runs for England. However, when the fourth day’s play officially commenced, Gill was notably absent from the field.
BCCI’s update on Shubman Gill
In light of this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has provided an update on Gill’s status. According to the announcement, Gill sustained an injury to his right index finger while fielding on Day 2. Although the nature of the injury remains unconfirmed, it is not expected to be serious, as Gill displayed no issues while batting and went on to score his third Test century. Sarfaraz Khan, who earned his maiden India call-up a few days before the 2nd Test, has taken Gill’s place in the field.
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India’s determination to stop England
As the contest unfolds, India remains determined to dismiss England and level the series at 1-1. In contrast, Ben Stokes-led England are resolute in chasing down the target and securing a 2-0 lead. Notably, the highest successful fourth-innings chase in India is 387, accomplished by India against England in 2008. England’s ongoing pursuit of 399 would establish a new record if successful. With the match finely balanced, both teams are poised for an exciting conclusion on what promises to be another thrilling day of cricket.