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Tendulkar and Kohli have dealt with it – Alastair Cook on Shubman Gill’s major objective

05 Feb, 2024
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Tendulkar and Kohli have dealt with it – Alastair Cook on Shubman Gill’s major objective
05 Feb, 2024 By Editor

Shubman Gill played a gem of a knock to help Team India pile up a mammoth target of 399 runs in the fourth innings of the game for England to chase as the youngster powered his way to an exquisite 104 from just 147 balls, a knock that featured 11 fours and two sixes.

Riding high on Gill’s knock, India posted 255 on the board in their third innings that saw them well placed at the end of the third day’s place despite England’s breezy start that was halted by Ravichandran Ashwin’s first breakthrough.

Former England captain, Alastair Cook, had a sizzling take on Shubman Gill, lionizing him for his knock under the cosh that allowed India to stay afloat against the mighty English bowling.

Talking to TNT Sports, Cook said, “Gill played beautifully. He has serious talent… and there was probably quite a lot of pressure on his shoulders. At the World Cup [in India], all the billboards were of Kohli, but he’s the next one they want to step into his shoes.”

He further added, “That’s a big thing to have the pressure of a country the size of India on your shoulders. As a young talent, that’s something that the likes of Tendulkar and Kohli have dealt with… and he now has to learn to deal with it.”

Cook concluded by talking about the composition of the Indian middle-order, adding, “What we’ve seen today is just how talented he is, the shots he has, and we’re definitely going to see him the rest of this series. He was out of form, hadn’t scored many runs, and there’s Rahul and Kohli to come back into the side, but he’s made sure now that the selectors can’t ignore him.”

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