Gill spent 10 innings batting at number three before this Test, having started his career as an opener. Despite high hopes from fans and pundits due to his 2023 ODI form, he didn’t live up to expectations until this game.
Gill had a stroke of luck as he started his innings. Initially called out LBW by Tom Hartley, a review showed a faint edge before hitting the pads. His good fortune persisted with England’s missed LBW decision and Joe Root dropping a catch to his left in the slips.
However, Shubman Gill made the most of the fortunate break. He played aggressively, amassing 104 runs off 147 deliveries to rescue Team India. Gill’s innings featured 11 boundaries and two sixes before he fell to England’s debutant Shoaib Basheer.
This marks Shubman Gill’s 10th international century, placing him in the esteemed company of the Indian players who have scored 10 or more centuries by the age of 24, a club that includes batting legends like Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar.
By the time Sachin Tendulkar turned 24, he had an impressive record of 30 centuries, while Virat Kohli had already scored 21 centuries.
List of Indian Players to Score 10 International Centuries at the Age of 24:
- 30 – Sachin Tendulkar
- 21 – Virat Kohli
- 10 – Shubman Gill*
- 9 – Virender Sehwag
- 9 – Yuvraj Singh
- 9 – Ravi Shastri
Shubman Gill, bouncing back from a rough patch, must have gained a confidence boost with this magnificent century. He will likely aim to maintain this positive momentum throughout the series.