Rohit Sharma and Co. are struggling in the IND vs AUS 3rd Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series being played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Deciding to bat first, the Indian batsmen struck with brilliant spells from Nathan Lyon and Matthew Kuhnmann as the hosts were bundled out for just 109 runs in the first innings.
One of the biggest talking points from the Indore Test is young talent Shubman Gill replacing the under-fire KL Rahul in the India XI. However, Gill did something during the match that angered cricketer-turned-commentator Sunil Gavaskar.
It was the 7th over of the Indian innings and Rohit Sharma had returned to the pavilion after getting out. Cheteshwar Pujara was at the crease with Gill. In this over bowled by Mitchell Starc, Gill wanted to take a quick single on the fourth ball of this over but Pujara refused, leaving Gill with no option but to dive to reach inside the crease and during this his Got hurt in the lower abdomen.
After this the match had to be stopped for a while as Gill called the physio for help.
Seeing this, Gavaskar, who was commentating during the match, said, “We are looking at a bit of repair work for Shubman Gill. He dived to make his crease but I tell you what. It could wait. It Could have waited. Till the end of the over. There is a fast bowler who is bowling – he has bowled 4 balls; it is hot – and you have relieved him. Yes, you are hurt but waiting for 2 more deliveries Do it. Wait for the over to finish and get treated. You’re at the non-striker’s end, you’re not at the striker’s end. Simple things can make a difference.”
Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden, who was commentating with Gavaskar, said, “You’re a tough guy, Sunny. That’s a real stinger.” But, Gavaskar kept his word and stuck to his words and replied, “Yes, it is, but listen you are playing for your country. Just 2 more deliveries. You are near the non-striker. I can understand.” Hoon agar tum ho is taking the strike and you are having that trouble. And he has done it after 2 deliveries.”
Gill, who was on the bench in the first two Tests against Australia, was dismissed for 21 by Matthew Kuhnmann.