The recent success of Shubman Gill bodes well for the Indian cricket team, who will host the ODI World Cup in a few months. When he struck 112 against New Zealand on Tuesday in Indore, the youthful opener achieved his fourth ODI century in 21 games. He is now averaging 73.76 in the 50-over format. Gill tied Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s record for the joint-most runs scored (360) in a three-match ODI series after he reached the 112-run milestone in the encounter at Indore. In the Test format, Gill has a tonne of material.
In a video interview that was aired on Star Sports on Tuesday, Shubman was asked the tricky question of choosing between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. The 23-year-old Shubman replied: “I think Virat Bhai because…Sachin sir is the reason why I started playing cricket because my dad was his huge fan. When he retired, I was too young to understand cricket. By the time I started to understand cricket a little more, I would say Virat bhai because I have learnt a lot from him as a batter.”
In the third One Day International, Rohit Sharma got his first ODI century in three years while Shubman Gill kept up his hot streak to lead India to a total of 385 for nine. As Rohit (101 off 85 balls) reached the three-figure mark for the first time since January 2020, the two put up a ferocious 212-run opening stand. Gill scored his fourth ODI hundred (112 off 78). On the eve of the game, Rahul Dravid made light of the fact that Indore’s favourable conditions for batters make it difficult for bowlers to get started right away. The legendary batter had a point. Devon Conway scored a tonne of runs, and New Zealand batsmen had a great time even during the chase.