It means a lot to me: Shubman Gill on maiden Test hundred

NEW DELHI:

Shubman Gill

has not been able to hold onto the opportunities he came across till now in the longest format of the game but the young batter finally stamped his authority with his maiden Test century on Friday.

Gill slammed his first hundred on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram. He scored 110 off 152 balls laced with 10 fours and three sixes.

Gill, playing his 12th Test, and

Chesteshwar Pujara

(102 not out off 130) powered India to 258 for 2 declared, setting Bangladesh a daunting victory target of 513.

At stumps on day three, Bangladesh were 42 for no loss, still needing 471 runs for a win.

𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 @ShubmanGill 💯👌👏Live – https://t.co/GUHODOYOh9 #BANvIND https://t.co/NKSNQfq9wT

— BCCI (@BCCI) 1671181238000

The right-handed batsman expressed his pleasure on his maiden ton but also admitted it took longer than usual to get to the coveted landmark

“I personally thought it (maiden Test century) took a long time to come for me. Today it was all about getting the difficult situation out of the way,”

Gill

told broadcasters ‘Sony Liv’ after the end of day’s play.

“(The century) Means a lot to me, my family and my friends who have supported me. Special moment for any player – getting the maiden century here means a lot to me,” Gill said after achieving the feat in his 22nd Test innings.

Asked if he was nervous after reaching 90, he said: “There weren’t any different thoughts (while batting in the 90s). For me, it was about playing according to the field and then being able to score runs.”

Gill said adopting an attacking approach was instinctive. He said pacing the innings was key to success.

“It was very instinctive (to hit a couple of boundaries and get to the milestone). When the bowler came round the wicket, there was gap between third man and point. I hadn’t played there during the whole innings.

“And once the field came in, I went over the fielders. When lunch happened, I was batting around 13. When I’d faced 100 balls, I was 70-odd, it’s about pacing the innings. You got to know when to attack as a batter,” the 23-year-old right-hander said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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