Indian opener Shubman Gill, who hit a fearless six in the last over of Day 2 against Nathan Lyon in the fourth Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, recently recalled that moment. Even though Rohit Sharma was surprised on the other end, Gill backed himself and was confident in his ability to hit the ball for a boundary.
Gill, known for his excellent ability to play spin, explained that the pitch in Ahmedabad is pretty flat, and he didn’t shy away from going for the big shot. “He (Rohit Sharma) was surprised. But I told him that’s my shot. If an off-spinner is bowling on a good wicket, like the one we are playing on and the field was up to me. I thought that was my shot and I was confident that I would hit for a boundary,” Gill stated while addressing the media after the end of Day 3.
After a tough couple of days on the field, Rohit and Gill had the responsibility of seeing off the last ten overs of Day 2. They looked positive in their approach but were unable to score any runs off the first five balls of the final over. Then, in the last ball of the day, Gill went for the big shot, hitting it over the long-on fence for a six.
Gill’s fearless approach continued on Day 3, where he went on to score his second Test century. His knock of 128 runs helped India get back on track after a tough couple of days. Gill formed crucial partnerships with Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli, and assisted India in finishing the day at 289/3 in 99 overs.