The all important test match between India and New Zealand has begun. The first title bout for crowning of world test championship is underway as the teams lock horn at Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England. Also, in a great news for fans of cricket, the final test of the inaugural world test championship began on second day without any rain. While the first day of the test was washed out, there was no any problem on the second and the game began on time.
In this game, Indian team members are wearing a black arm band. The reason for this is that yesterday, India’s greatest track and field athlete Mr Milkha Singh died due to COVID complications at the age of 91. To honor him, all the Indians went on to the field with black arm round their biceps area.
After India lost the toss, their openers Shubhman Gill and Rohit Sharma started on a sedate note. The duo remained cautious from the start and did not attempt any thing adventurous. Moreover the new ball bowlers for Kiwis were off their line and length. Consequently, most of their deliveries were on the pads of Indians.
The Indian batsmen grew in confidence with passage of time and overs and remained unscathed at the first drinks. After 14 overs, India had scored 41 without loss and both the batsmen looked well set. However, just after the first drinks break, an incident happened which made everyone sit and take notice from both teams.
Gill hit him on helmet!!
Shubhman Gill was on the strike for 17th over and 6’7 inch pacer Kyle Jamieson was brought in to bowl. After a string of full deliveries by the bowler which were defended by Gill, he decided to come down the track on the fifth ball of the over. However, Jamieson saw this and bowled a short and rising ball to Gill. Hence, the batsman was left in no position to play the pull shot or get out of the way. Consequently, the ball rammed into his helmet.
It was a terrible blow to the young Gill and he was left visibly shaken by the assault. As soon as that happened, both the opposition captain and bowler went to him and asked him about his whereabouts. The Indian physio too came running in and checked on Gill as Virat Kohli looked at Gill from stands with anxiousness.
However, it did not take long for Gill to put the helmet on and start batting. Thankfully for him and Indian fans, his injury wasn’t serious.