Shubman Gill’s struggles on the field continue to draw attention, this time in the context of a caught-behind incident during the 2nd India-West Indies T20I. The young Indian cricketer found himself in the spotlight for a questionable catch claim as he was stationed at first slip while Ravi Bishnoi bowled. This incident gained traction as fans reminded him of a similar catch situation involving Cameron Green during the WTC Final.
In the particular T20 match, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer were building a strong partnership for the West Indies. Captain Hardik Pandya brought in leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi in the 13th over with an aggressive field.
Bishnoi’s delivery found the edge of Hetmyer’s bat, with the ball seemingly heading towards Gill’s direction. Despite the ball landing just short of his hands, Gill confidently celebrated, creating an impression that he had taken a clean catch. This action deceived both his teammates and Hetmyer, who began to walk off.
However, the television replays told a different story, revealing that the ball had bounced off the ground before reaching Gill’s hands. This led to a barrage of mocking tweets and comments on social media, questioning Gill’s sportsmanship.
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Many users also drew parallels with the incident involving Cameron Green in the WTC 2023 Finals. Gill had been given out in a similar manner by an on-field umpire after Green claimed a catch. This incident had sparked widespread criticism of the Australian team.
Throughout the tour, Shubman Gill has been struggling to find his batting form against a relatively weak West Indies bowling lineup. In the Test series, he managed only 45 runs across two matches.
He did perform better in the ODI format, amassing 126 runs in three matches. However, when it comes to T20s, Gill has been off-color with the bat, having only scored 10 runs in the two matches played so far. This recent series of events has further intensified the scrutiny surrounding Gill’s performance on the field.