Former Australian pacesetter Glenn McGrath praised Shubman Gill and recalled how the Indian batsman had impressed him in the third ODI in Sydney. Gill had scored 33 points on 39 balls in the third ODI against Australia earlier this month. The right-handed batsman also impressed legendary bowler McGrath after his knock at the Boxing Day Test on Saturday. McGrath said he felt Gill looked like he belonged to international cricket during the ODI series. However, the right-handed batsman didn’t last too long and was fired by Pat Cummins on the second day of the Boxing Day test on Sunday.
“When I saw him in the ODI the other day, I thought he had good technique, he looked like he belonged to international cricket,” McGrath said on Sony Sports.
“It was a pretty difficult introduction to Test cricket there with the way Starc and Cummins were bowling, they (the batsmen) played and missed, there was that one edge that Labuschagne put down, but other than that he looked pretty solid , ”he added.
Cummins provided a perfect start to day two in Australia. If Mitchell Starc gave Australia the breakthrough on day one, it was Cummins who stole the show with his fiery spell.
It wasn’t a great start for the hosts as the day started with an unsuccessful review and a lost catch, but Cummins put Australia back on top thanks to his fiery spell.
Cummins gave Australia the upper hand in the game after two wickets in the first session. The speedster sent both Gill (45) and Pujara (17) back to the pavilion, but Rahane and Vihari stood up against the vigorous bowling attack and took India out of the lunch with no more hiccups.
Resuming day two of 36/1, Gill and Pujara weathered the storm during the first hour of the game. However, their 61-run partnership was ended by Cummins when Gill fell short of his first half-century Test.
Cummins made sure Australia didn’t lose momentum when he sent Pujara back in his next over. Skipper Tim Paine took a beautiful one-handed catch and left India 64/3.
Just when it looked as if Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari had stabilized the ship for India, Nathan Lyon spun a web. Vihari took off immediately after coming to the 50-run position with Rahane when he tried to wipe out Lyon and was caught by Steve Smith.
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