Shubman Gill faced an unexpected setback on Day 4 of the second Test against England in Vizag as he was unable to take the field due to an injury to his right index finger. The Indian opening batter, who had marked a triumphant return to form with a century on Day 3, was replaced by substitute fielder Sarfaraz Khan following medical advice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI medical team made the decision to keep Gill away from fielding duties after he sustained the injury while fielding on Day 2. The Indian team promptly informed the match officials about Gill’s unavailability before the commencement of play on Monday.
Despite India having completed their batting innings in both rounds, concerns linger about Gill’s potential return to the field. The Indian camp remains hopeful that the injury is not severe, especially considering Gill’s significant contribution with the bat in the ongoing match.
“Shubman Gill hurt his right index finger while fielding on Day 2. He won’t be taking the field today,” stated the BCCI in a pre-match announcement on X.
Gill’s stellar performance on Day 3, where he broke free from a series of poor scores and wasted starts to secure his third Test century, highlighted his crucial role in the Indian batting order. Speaking at the post-day press conference, Gill emphasized the importance of scoring runs at the number 3 position, particularly after the early dismissals of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma on day three.
Reflecting on his recent struggles, Gill expressed a mature outlook, stating, “I think that’s part and parcel of the game. You do well, and everybody’s going to applaud you. You don’t do well, everybody’s going to… But I think the important thing is to be able to know what you’re going to do when you go into bat.”
Gill stressed the significance of staying true to one’s playing style and not succumbing to external pressures, highlighting his commitment to playing percentage cricket. Despite his recent low-scoring performances in previous Test matches, Gill maintained his composure and played with the same confidence that defines his cricketing identity.
As the Indian team awaits further updates on Shubman Gill’s injury status, the focus remains on his potential return to the field and the impact it may have on the ongoing Test match against England in Vizag.