Disappointment as Fans Respond to Shubman Gill’s Struggles in IND vs ENG 3rd Test



Shubman Gill suffered a quick dismissal in the first innings of Day 1 of the third Test against England in Rajkot on Thursday, February 15. The Indian No. 3 batsman fell victim to a delivery from England’s fast bowler Mark Wood in the sixth over of the match. Despite surviving a close LBW call due to a faint inside edge, Gill’s luck ran out when he was deceived by a fullish delivery from Wood. The ball nipped back in after pitching, narrowly missing the off-stump and leaving Gill completely bamboozled. Anticipating Wood’s next delivery to swing back in, Gill was caught off guard when the ball seamed away at a rapid pace. With a tentative movement, he awkwardly poked at the ball with stiff hands, resulting in an outside edge. Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes made an easy catch behind the stumps. Fans were infuriated by the batter’s subpar technique, with numerous individuals insisting that he be returned to domestic competition in order to enhance his performance in red-ball cricket. The Men in Blue had won a crucial toss and were eager to score heavily on the traditionally batting-friendly Rajkot surface. However, their hopes were dashed as they got off to a terrible start, with India already struggling even before the inexperienced middle order could make an impact. After Shubman Gill’s departure, Rajat Patidar also fell victim to a soft dismissal against Tom Hartley in his very first over. In response to these setbacks, local player Ravindra Jadeja has been promoted to the No. 5 position, joining captain Rohit Sharma in the middle.