Watch: Shubman Gill's Superb Slip Catch Dismisses Cameron Green

Shubman Gill displayed his versatility by proving that he can make an impact not only with the bat but also as an outstanding slip fielder.

India had a remarkable start to the second day of the WTC final against Australia at The Oval with a superb morning session. They managed to take four crucial wickets, dismissing Travis Head, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, and Mitchell Starc. 

Shubman Gill displayed his exceptional fielding skills by taking a stunning catch to dismiss Cameron Green and send him back to the dressing room. Positioned at second slip, Gill showcased his agility and sharp reflexes as he made a difficult catch appear effortless.

The dismissal occurred when Mohammad Shami claimed his second wicket of the game, as Green carelessly drove at a full delivery and produced an outside edge that was travelling at a considerable pace. However, Gill reacted swiftly, reaching out to his left shoulder to secure the catch.


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Akash Chopra’s tweet

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra raised a question about India's strategy on the opening day of the match, pondering whether they missed an opportunity by not consistently bowling bouncers to Travis Head.

Chopra tweeted, "Siraj removes Travis Head. But some credit of the wicket must go to Shami too. Relentless barrage of bouncers. Did India miss a trick yesterday?"

Australia started the second day of play on a positive note, with Steven Smith achieving his 31st Test century through a series of well-executed boundaries. In the process, Smith surpassed both Virat Kohli and Ricky Ponting in terms of the most Test centuries in matches between India and Australia. Smith currently holds the record for the most centuries against India, with nine in 19 games, while Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 11 centuries.

Unfortunately, Smith's impressive innings of 121, which included 19 boundaries, came to an end when he was dismissed by Shardul Thakur. During the first session, led by Pat Cummins, Australia reached a total of 422/7. Meanwhile, Travis Head, who had a remarkable performance on day one, scoring 163 runs, received high praise from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Statement by Ponting

"He probably is (similar to Gilchrist). In fact, he is probably scoring quicker now than Gilly probably ever did. His strike rate through this (World Test Championship) qualification period is 81, which is higher than anyone else in the world to have scored more than 500 runs," Ponting told ICC.