Shubman Gill’s 4th test fifty puts India in a commanding position after first session

Shubman Gill scores a fabulous fifty in the first test against New Zealand to mark his comeback to the side.  It was a tricky morning to negotiate for the Indian batters; the ball moved around quite a lot on a cold morning in Kanpur. The duo of Southee and Jamieson gave the opening pair quite a scare at times. Jamieson even got the breakthrough later in his spell to dismiss Mayank Agarwal in the 8th over of the match. Gill too came close to getting out, but a review saved him too.

The spin came on pretty soon in the game, and in the company of newly appointed vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara, Gill steadied the Indian inning and played some great shots to the spin bowlers in particular. With a good amount of turn on offer in the first session, it was not easy to play the right shot. But Gill played some fabulous shots sustaining his balance. Unlike his previous self, he remained patient, made the bowlers to bowl in his arc, and dispatched them gracefully to bring up his 4th Test match fifty in 81 balls with the help of 5 fours and 1 six.

He will now be looking to covert this fifty into a big one and score his maiden hundred, which has been due for a long time now.