India’s campaign in the ICC World Test Championship final took a disastrous turn as they endured a tough start against Australia at The Oval. Within a single session, both openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, fell victim to the Australian bowling attack, leaving India in a precarious position.
Shubman Gill, who had enjoyed a sensational run in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2023, emerging as the tournament’s highest run-scorer with nearly 900 runs, failed to replicate his IPL success in the first innings of the WTC Final. His disappointing performance was evident as he was dismissed by the precise bowling of Scott Boland.
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It was a moment of sheer misjudgment for Shubman Gill as he left a delivery from Boland that was pitching just outside off but nipping inwards. The young batter’s lack of vigilance cost him dearly as the ball crashed into the top of the off stump, leaving him exposed and India in a difficult situation.
The Indian team, hoping for a strong start from their openers, found themselves in a troubling position after losing Shubman Gill’s wicket. The dismissal served as a wake-up call for the Indian camp, emphasizing the challenges they faced against the formidable Australian bowling attack.
Fans Rip Into Shubman Gill Following WTC Disaster
Fans took to social media, particularly Twitter, to express their disappointment and frustration with Gill’s performance in the crucial match. The batter’s inability to capitalize on his stellar IPL form resulted in a wave of criticism from fans who had high expectations of him.
Despite Shubman Gill’s unfortunate dismissal, it is important to note that cricket is a game of uncertainties, and even the best players face occasional setbacks. Gill’s IPL success is a testament to his talent, but the pressure and intensity of a Test match against a quality opposition like Australia can often be a different ball game altogether.
Itni practice krne ka kya fayda jab India ke liye ek hundred nhi bna skte..
— Ayush Rajput (@Ayush_Rajput17) June 8, 2023
— Prabhat (@Prabhat84044288) June 8, 2023
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) June 8, 2023
This is not ipl mr. Flat track bully and so called prince
Kids comparing him with KL RAHUL who can play in any condition in the world
— Sonu (@Sonu_1827) June 8, 2023
Give Shubman Gill short boundaries and Second Xi bowlers. What pathetic leave that was… pic.twitter.com/vyybeNmrSS
— Syed Najam ✪ (@sherrycodes) June 8, 2023
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in dressing room pic.twitter.com/mMKX12Scix
— 𝑸𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒎 𝑯𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒏 (@qasim_says_) June 8, 2023
Overseas test centuries of Rohit and Shubham Gill : 2
Overseas test centuries of KL RAHUL : 6
— Sonu (@Sonu_1827) June 8, 2023
— Ayat (@ayat_shah56) June 8, 2023
Ball leaving masterclass from Shubman Gill pic.twitter.com/NH1VKh1JB4
— Y. (@CSKYash_) June 8, 2023
Shubman gill 🙏
For money For country pic.twitter.com/tSUcFNr9sK
— Veer (@_veerrr___) June 8, 2023
— Ehtisham Siddique (@iMShami_) June 8, 2023
As the match progresses, it will be crucial for India to regroup and find their footing. Gill’s dismissal serves as a reminder that the team must adapt and remain focused to overcome the challenges posed by their opponents.
The WTC Finals have reached a critical juncture, and India will need their middle order to step up and stabilize the innings. The likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane will be vital in steering India out of this difficult situation and building a competitive total.