Shubman Gill Injury: Why doesn’t Shubman Gill play in the 2nd inning? Did C Pujara open the front stick in Test Cricket?
Shubman Gill not playing in inning 2: The regular Indian opener did not open the bat in inning 2.
During day two of the second test of New Zealand’s ongoing tour of India in Mumbai, fans were taken aback after Indian captain Virat Kohli failed to impose a follow-up after his bowlers knocked out the opposition for 62 in 28.1 overs.
The element of surprise was further heightened when Cheteshwar Pujara and not Shubman Gill came out as Mayank Agarwal’s opening partner in the second inning.
Pujara, who struck at No.3 in 139 of his 156 test innings, only opened the bat for the seventh time in his 92-game testing career. The last time Pujara opened the baton was in Colombo during the third Test of India tour of Sri Lanka six years ago. The match is fondly remembered for him who scored a 145 * (289) winning game to carry the bat in the first sets.
Lowest Totals New Zealand Testing History
26 v England – Auckland 1955
42 against Australia – Wellington 1946
45 v South Africa – Cape Town 2013
47 v England – Lord’s 1958
54 against Australia – Wellington 1946
62 vs India – Mumbai 2021#INDvzNZ @BLACKCAPS
– Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) December 4, 2021
Why doesn’t Shubman Gill play in the second set against New Zealand?
Readers should note that Gill did not go out at bat as he injured his finger while lining up in the middle of the wicket earlier in the session. Gill, who had received several hits to his body while playing near the batter, had to leave the field after being hit on the finger.
It all happened in the first delivery of the 19th, when Gill dropped Kyle Jamieson on Jayant Yadav. With the pitcher passing, Gill’s fall didn’t hurt India, but he sure did hurt his finger in the process.
It was around the same time that Gill left the field with uncapped hitter Suryakumar Yadav called in as the backup outfielder. In the absence of an official update, it will be interesting to see what role Gill plays in this game at Wankhede Stadium.