Indian opener Shubman Gill made a significant mark in the cricketing world by equalling a rare record set by Pakistan’s Babar Azam during the ongoing three-match series against New Zealand. Gill made his second century of the series in the fourth ODI match held in Indore on Tuesday, scoring 112 runs off just 78 balls. This was his fourth ODI century and the second of the series.
Earlier in the series, Gill had made a historic knock in Hyderabad, where he smashed a 208, becoming the fifth Indian to score an ODI double century. With this latest century, Gill has taken his tally of runs in the bilateral series to 360, which is the joint-most recorded by any batter in a bilateral ODI series of three matches or less.
In 2016, Babar Azam also made 360 runs during the series against West Indies, registering three hundred in three matches. This achievement by Gill is all the more remarkable because it was accomplished in just three matches, while Babar Azam’s record was achieved in a series of five matches. This goes to show the immense talent and potential that Gill possesses, and it will be exciting to see how he continues to perform in the future.
Shubman Gill has had a tremendous start to his ODI career, displaying his exceptional talent and potential as a top-order batsman. He has racked up 1254 runs in just 21 matches, a testament to his consistency and ability to score runs at a rapid pace. His average of 73.76 and strike rate of 109.80 are both outstanding, highlighting his ability to score runs both quickly and efficiently.
The youngster reached the significant milestone of 1000 runs in his 19th ODI innings, becoming the fastest Indian and the second-fastest globally to reach this landmark. This is a testament to his immense talent and ability to adapt quickly to the international stage.
In the match held in Indore, Gill put on a remarkable double-century stand with Rohit Sharma, helping India to take control of the game after the hosts won the toss and decided to bat first. This partnership was one of six opening partnerships that Gill and Rohit have shared in ODIs, with five of them surpassing the 50-run mark. This highlights the strong understanding and chemistry that the two players have developed at the top of the order and the crucial role they have played in the Indian team’s success.
Gill’s performance in this series has been exceptional, and he has proven himself to be a vital player for the Indian team. He continues to break records and set new milestones, and it will be exciting to see how he continues to develop and contribute to the Indian team’s success in the future.