Shubman Gill Becomes Youngest Indian Opener To Score 50 In 4th Innings

Shubman Gill Becomes Youngest Indian Opener To Score 50 In 4th Innings

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

Shubman Gill, young Indian opener proved to be the find of the tour of Australia for the side as he notched up a composed half-century in the second innings of the fourth and final Test against Australia on Tuesday (January 19).

The talented right-handed batsman slammed his second half-century in the longest format in just his third Test. The youngster played some glorious drives to score his second fifty in the longest format and garnered praise from the experts and commentators for his composed knock.

Shubman Gill.
Shubman Gill. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Shubman Gill Becomes Youngest Indian Opener To Score 50 Runs In 4th Innings

Shubman Gill (21y 133d) became the youngest Indian opening batsman to score 50+ runs in fourth innings with that fifty at Gabba, Brisbane. Previous youngest was legendary former opener Sunil Gavaskar (21y 243d) when he hit 67* against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1970/71 on his debut.

The youngster failed to get to his maiden Test century as he was dismissed for 91 by Nathan Lyon. The nervousness of batting in the 90s got the better of the youngster as he went for a drive and generated an edge off his bat and the ball travelled safely into the hands of Steve Smith at slip. He faced 146 deliveries in his knock of 91 runs. Shubman Gill scored 259 runs in 3 Tests averaging 51.8.

Ajinkya Rahane with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Ajinkya Rahane with Cheteshwar Pujara. PTI.

However, Rishabh Pant (274 averaging 68.5), captain Ajinkya Rahane (268) and Cheteshwar Pujara (271) are ahead of him among leading run-scorers for India.

Shubman Gill Scores 91 While Rishabh Pant Remained Unbeaten On 89 To See India Win By 3 Wickets To Win Series 2-1

Shubman Gill has clearly been the batting find for India in the Australian summer tour as he’s shown all the elements of a future star in the making. The maturity with which he handled the pressure and faced the likes of pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon on a day five Gabba track made everyone take notice of the talent he’s been gifted with.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant scored unbeaten 89 off 138 balls as India won by 3 wickets ending Australia’s winning streak since 1988 at Brisbane. India won series by 2-1 thus retaining Border Gavaskar trophy. Rishabh Pant was awarded Man Of Match while Pat Cummins was awarded Man Of Series for picking 21 wickets averaging 20.04.