Shubman Gill scores an incredible ODI double-hundred to join the elite club.
Shubman Gill scores an incredible ODI double-hundred to join the elite club. Shubman Gill Hits Double Century With 3 Back-To-Back Sixes, Creates RecordShubman Gill slammed a historic double century during the ODI match between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.
In the first ODI match between India and New Zealand on Wednesday in Hyderabad, Shubman Gill blasted his first double-century off just 145 balls. He was the fifth Indian cricketer to accomplish the record, and his innings were studded with eight huge sixes and 19 boundaries. The achievement has previously been accomplished by Ishan Kishan, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Sachin Tendulkar. In addition, he broke Kishan’s record for the youngest cricketer to score a double century in one-day internationals. For the young player, who looked entirely in control against the New Zealand bowlers, it was a nearly perfect performance. With Rohit, he put together a reliable 50-run partnership for the first wicket, and even when Rohit was gone, Gill continued to bat with little apparent difficulty on the even-bouncing surface.
Even after India lost two fast wickets in the shape of Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan, the right-hander kept playing his strokes. In addition to scoring his third ODI century, Gill surpassed Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to become India’s fastest batsman to amass 1000 ODI runs most quickly.
Once he crossed the 100-run mark, scoring runs became simpler, and he proceeded to take on nearly all bowlers. He was able to reach 150 in 122 balls, and even though he kept losing partners on the other end, Gill made the decision to play aggressively, which was crucial in helping India surpass 300.
With two overs to go in the innings, he slammed Lockie Ferguson for three sixes in a row to bring up a memorable double-century. This was incidentally the highest score ever against New Zealand in the history of ODI cricket as he went past India legend Sachin Tendulkar’s score of 186 in Nagpur.
India’s limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma still holds the record for the highest individual score in a full men’s ODI with his 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
And Sharma is the only player to have reached a double-hundred more than once in the format, with three to his name – the others against Australia in 2013 (209) and versus Sri Lanka in 2017 (208*).
Born in Fazilka, Punjab, Lakhwinder Singh, Gill’s father, saw his son’s early aptitude and moved his family to Mohali to be closer to the PCA Stadium so that his son would have more access to cricket as he grew up. Shortly thereafter, Gill began making headlines. In Punjab’s Inter-District U16 competition in 2014, he scored 351, amassing a first-wicket partnership of 587 with Nirmal Singh. Later, he made his U16 debut for Punjab at the 2016 Vijay Merchant Trophy, scoring a double hundred.
In the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gill made his List A debut for Punjab while batting one down. Later, in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, he made his first-class debut while batting as an opener, scoring his first half-century before stepping it up the very next game with a first-class century against Services.
In 2013–14 and 2014–15, Gill earned the BCCI award for the best junior cricketer in successive years while making a strong push for a spot on the U19 squad. When selected, Gill shone in India’s convincing 3-1 victory over England in the Youth ODIs, amassing 351 runs in 4 innings. Soon after, on his debut tour to England, Gill lived up to his high standards. India defeated the hosts 5-0, with Gill once again leading the way with 278 runs across 4 innings.
At the World Cup, Gill looked like the finest batter among his teammates, easily surpassing even Prithvi Shaw, the 18-year-old Mumbai batsman who had the media buzzing with a staggering five first-class hundreds to his credit. Gill was able to play in a similar style thanks to his bottom-handed approach, which was popularised by Virat Kohli among many others. He scored runs quickly, mixing rapid singles and doubles with strong hits around the field, and he was notable for both his hitting ability and his defensive abilities.
After returning from the World Cup in New Zealand, Gill was soon forced to resume his unglamorous task as Punjab’s representative in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He began the competition with unimpressive scores of 25, 4, and 8, but then turned things around and smashed a match-winning 123 against a dominant Karnataka team.
Strong performances in the domestic season of 2018–19 indicated that Gill was smoothly making the transition to being a senior India player. Even though he was batting outside of his position for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he appeared nervous on the big stage of the IPL. The Punjabi youngster’s 2019 has the potential to be a career-defining year after being selected for the ODIs in New Zealand, where he also made his international debut.
Although it is still early, Gill’s heady combination of fervor, diligence, and brilliance promises to create a career that should benefit Indian cricket in the years to come.