The India vs. England second Test is unfolding some best moments for the fans to experience a thrilling Test match. On day 2, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his maiden Test double hundred and Jasprit Bumrah created some amazing bowling records. That was not the end. On day 3, Shubman Gill scored an amazing century. The batter made an amazing comeback after facing a lot of criticism. Kevin Pietersen previously backed the youngster and after his century, he thanked Gill.
Pietersen’s Support to Gill:
During 2023, Gill showcased his cricket prowess with 258 runs across 10 Test innings, highlighted by a century against Australia in March. Excelling in limited-overs formats, he notched a double-century versus New Zealand in January, accumulating a total of 1584 runs in 29 matches, including five centuries in ODIs. However, post-World Cup, Gill faced a downturn, struggling with form. In his recent 11 innings, he managed only 166 runs, peaking at 36 against South Africa in December, adding pressure to India amidst existing challenges.
In the first innings of the second Test, Shubman Gill fell for 34 runs, courtesy of James Anderson, continuing his struggle to reach a half-century. This marks his 12th inning without crossing the fifty-run mark, drawing criticism during this challenging phase of his career. Former English captain Kevin Pietersen, however, has come forward to support and back the young cricketer amidst the tough times.
At that time, former English skipper backed Shubman Gill. he said, “Kallis averaged 22 in his first 10 Tests and turned out to be arguably the greatest player to play the game. Give @ShubmanGill time to find it, please. He’s a serious player!”
Gill’s Century and Pietersen’s Post:
In the second innings, both the Indian openers were dismissed quickly. After that, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer took the charge. But Shreyas got out after scoring 29 runs in 52 balls. Shubman Gill silenced his critics with a resilient century, his third in Test cricket, on Sunday. Achieving the milestone in 132 balls, he played a crucial role in India’s lead surpassing 300 on Day 3.
Despite a subdued celebration, Gill’s exceptional effort earned applause from the Indian dressing room, highlighting his remarkable character under pressure. Notably, Gill faced and survived two close LBW calls, bouncing back from a shaky start to secure his second Test hundred at home. Remarkably, Gill’s innings in Visakhapatnam marked the first century by a No. 3 batter for India at home since 2017. The previous century in this position was scored by Cheteshwar Pujara against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017.
After Shubman Gill scored the century, former English skipper Kevin Pietersen made a social media post that went viral. The English player reposted his previous post and then captioned it as “Thank You, @ShubmanGill.” That post caught the attention.