India’s talented opener Shubman Gill scripted history on Wednesday when he scored his maiden ODI double-century against New Zealand in the first ODI of a three-match series. He faced 149 deliveries to get to 208 runs and also smashed 19 fours and nine sixes. The 23-year-old became the fifth Indian and, overall, the eighth batter to score a double century in ODIs.
Just before this game, Gill amassed 116 runs from 97 balls in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Since he missed a chance to score a big hundred, Gill’s father was unhappy that his son did not convert it into a double century in that game itself.
Punjab cricketer Gurkeerat Mann talked to The Indian Express and said, “You see how he is getting out, even after he scored a century, he had enough time to score a double century. He will not get these starts all the time. When will he learn?”
“Lakhwinder paaji always had high expectations from Shubman. We all had, right from his childhood days. It is good to see him finally converting his starts, and I hope Lakhwinder paaji will be pleased today,” Mann added.
Shubman’s father was not happy with Gill in 2021 when he missed out on the chance to score a century in Brisbane against Australia.
Earlier, India emerged victorious by 12 runs but for as long as Michael Bracewell was out there in the middle, a billion Indian fans were at the edge of their seats.
Ultimately, Shardul Thakur and India had to get Bracewell out of their way to taste a win and go 1-0 up but not before he had entertained everyone with a superb hundred even if it came in a losing cause. In fact, the match looked dead and buried with the BlackCaps having lost their 6th wicket at the score of 131 but Bracewell and Mitchell Santner’s (57 off 45) 162-run stand for the 7th wicket off 102 deliveries helped the visitors made a match out of it.
In the end, the partnership was broken by Mohammed Siraj who was one of the stars for India, ending with figures of 4 for 46, going at just 4.60 runs per over when the asking rate for the opposition was 7 at the outset. Later, Bracewell was at the risk of running out of partners but he kept hitting boundaries and sixes and found himself on strike with 20 to get from 6 balls and even smashed the first ball of the last over for a six.