January 19 (today) is a very special day in the history of Indian cricket. Two years ago, that is, on this day in the year 2021, the Indian team defeated the Australian team by three wickets in the Gabba Test match and shattered its pride. Along with this victory, the Indian team was also successful in winning the Test series on Australian soil for the second time in a row. Also, after almost 32 years, Australia was defeated by a team in Test cricket at Gabba.
Two players played an important role in the Gabba victory of the Indian team. One was opener Shubman Gill and the other wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Due to the excellent batting of both the players, the Indian team was successful in winning the match by achieving the target of 328 runs in the fourth innings. Gill’s innings was more special because it was his debut Test series and he was playing only his third match. Gill had played an innings of 91 runs. During this, he played 146 balls and hit 2 sixes apart from 8 fours.
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When the game ended on the fourth day of the Gabba Test, India had scored four runs without loss and needed 324 runs. In such a situation, everyone was assuming that the match would either go in favor of the Australia team or end in a draw. But on the fifth day, the Indian team forced the Australian team to lose by batting in ODI style. Gill appeared in his full colors and did not spare any loose ball.
Gill especially thrashed Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and also hit beautiful pull shots off short pitch balls. During this, Gill and Pujara shared a 114-run partnership for the second wicket. Gill was only 21 years old at that time, but looking at his shots in that innings, it seemed as if an experienced batsman was batting. Gill showed a glimpse of his future from that innings. Apart from Gill’s 91 runs, Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 89 and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 56 runs for India in that innings.
Sundar-Shardul also did wonders with the bat
Batting first after winning the toss in the Gabba Test match, Australia scored 369 runs in their first innings thanks to Marnus Labushen’s 108 runs. In response, India scored 336 runs in the first innings. Shardul Thakur scored 67 and Washington Sundar scored 62 for India. During this, both had a partnership of 123 runs for the seventh wicket. Then Australia scored 294 runs in the second innings. Steve Smith scored 55 and David Warner scored 48 runs. In the second innings from India, Mohammad Siraj took 5 wickets and Shardul Thakur took 4 wickets. In this way, after taking the first innings lead, Australia had given India a target of 328 runs to win.
Gill is now performing bang
That inning of 91 runs gave flight to Shubman Gill’s career. Gill is now showing amazing game in Test as well as ODI cricket. On Wednesday itself, Shubman Gill played an incredible inning of 208 runs in the ODI against New Zealand. With this, Shubman Gill became the eighth cricketer in the world to score a double century in ODI cricket. This was only Gill’s 19th innings and he also became the fastest Indian batsman to complete 1000 runs.