Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed identically in India’s first innings of the World Test Championship Final against Australia. Gill left Scott Boland’sw delivery thinking it would go outside the off stump. However, the ball came in sharply, and he was clean-bowled.
Pujara, who is more experienced, made the same mistake against Cameron Green, and the result was the same. While the opener scored 13 runs, Piujara contributed 14.
Former India player Sunil Gavaskar expressed surprise that both didn’t have their bats down while leaving the balls.
“When you try to leave the ball outside the off stump, you should play close to the body with the bat down to avoid getting dismissed if the ball comes in. However, both Gill and Pujara had their bats up, giving them no time bring them down to defend the ball,” he said.
India finished the day on 151/5, with Ajinkya Rahane and KS Bharat at the crease. They are still short by 316 runs in response to Australia’s first innings total of 469.