Indian opener Shubman Gill was out in the first over of India’s first innings in the fourth Test. This was his second duck in the series as James Anderson provided England an early breakthrough after the visitors were bowled out for 205 batting first. Indian spinners took eight wickets with Ravichandran Ashwin picking three, Axar Patel four and Washington Sundar picking the key wicket of England skipper Joe Root.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill fell to a straight delivery from James Anderson who just found a little bit of reverse swing late in the day. After his 50 in the second innings of the first Test, Gill has scores of 0, 14, 11, 15 *, 0 in his last five innings.
Another dismissal at a low score thus will put his spot in the Test team under the scanner. He started his Test career spectacularly with a couple of 40s and hit his first fifty in the second Test in Sydney. His 91 in the fourth Test in Brisbane against Australia paved the way for one of India’s most memorable Test wins.
He has scored just one fifty in the series against England barring which he has not got starts. Gill is not a part of India’s T20I squad which has been announced for the five-match series and thus his next innings will be crucial.
Here is the video of Shubman Gill’s Dismissal.
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India beat England in the third Test to knock them, out of the World Test championship final race. At the moment India are topping the WTC points table and are favorites to play the final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June later this year. However, to guarantee themselves of a spot on the final Team India would need to ensure that they do not lose the fourth and final Test match against England. India are topping the table currently with 490 points and a percentage point of 71. New Zealand are placed second with 420 points and a percentage point of 70.
India would need to either draw or win the fourth Test to qualify for the World Test Championship final. Meanwhile, India’s loss will allow Australia to sneak into the final. Australia were earlier beaten 2-1 when India travelled down under in one of the most memorable Test series between the two countries.