After a wait of 686 days, 59 matches, 2132 innings, 54873 runs and 1815 wickets, we have finally reached the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC). Playing in his maiden Test in England, Shubman Gill has looked solid so far. Gill has been very good with his game plan when it comes to negotiating the new ball.
Gill has been charging down the pitch to cancel any swing that is on offer for the New Zealand bowlers. But the move backfired as he was caught on the helmet by a short ball from Kyle Jamieson. Jamieson was on the money right away as he is swinging the ball both ways with ease.
As he saw Gill charging down, the lanky quick banged one short hitting him on the grill of the helmet. The young Indian opener looked fine after the incident as he continues working his way through the first session.
India and Shubman Gill off to a great start in the WTC final
India have had a fairly good start after being invited to bat first in the WTC final. Both openers, Rohit Sharma and Gill looked good at the beginning despite the ball swinging in overcast conditions. The Indian team didn’t change their playing XI for the WTC final despite a drastic change in conditions.
Rohit fell to an inviting outswinger from Jamieson after getting a great start. Gill continues to hang in and has been now joined by Cheteshwar Pujara. New Zealand bowlers, on the other hand, have been struggling to settle in, Jamieson being the exception. Jamieson has been swinging the ball from the word go and has been the most consistent of the Kiwi bowlers when it comes to their lines and length.