Shubman Gill celebrates his double barrel against New Zealand© BCCI
It was a day to remember for Shubman Gill as the youngster hit his maiden double century on Wednesday during the India v New Zealand ODI meeting in Hyderabad. It was a special innings from the youngster with 19 boundaries and nine sixes. The hundred made Gill become the fifth Indian cricketer to score an ODI double ton and also the youngest in history to surpass teammate Ishan Kishan. The locker room erupted as soon as he picked up his 200 with three massive sixes off Lockie Ferguson with Umran Malik leading the festivities.
2⃣0⃣0⃣ !🔥 🎇
A mighty knock! 💪 💪
The moment, the reactions & the celebrations 🎉 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2023
When he was eventually sacked for 208, he received a rousing reception in the dressing room. Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya greeted him just outside the pavilion and he was also congratulated by batting coach Vikram Rathour as the stadium crowd applauded his effort.
The opener also became the fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1000 runs as he achieved the feat in just 19 innings. Overall, he is second with Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman topping the chart with 18 innings.
Gill showed class in his special 208 off 149 balls and batted through the innings to take India to 349 for eight. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s 34 for 38 was the second-best score of the innings, emphasizing that it was truly a one-man show.
New Zealand chased a big goal and lost 131 for six before Michael Bracewell (140 from 78) concocted a stunning century to bring his team back into play from scratch.
He shared 162 from 102 balls with fellow southpaw Mitchell Santer (57 from 45), New Zealand’s highest seventh wicket stand in ODIs, to test India’s nerves. India eventually won the match by 12 runs.
With PTI inputs
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