Gill’s 149-ball Double Century: A New Era in Indian Cricket

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The match between India and New Zealand saw Indian batter Shubman Gill smash three sixes on the trot in order to reach his double century (208 off 149 balls with fours-19 and sixes-9) and become the eighth and youngest player (23 years old) to reach this milestone in ODI cricket history.

As Shubhman Gilll completed his First Double Century by hitting three long sixes against Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, he also broke the record set by Sachin Tendulkar (175) against Australia in 2009 for the highest score recorded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. He also became the fastest Indian to make 1000 runs in One Day Internationals as he reached the mark in just 19 innings, surpassing the likes of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in the process.

After Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan, he is the fifth Indian to achieve the milestone after Tendulkar, Sehwag, Sharma, and Kishan. With Shubman Gill’s hundred at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Shubman Gill has become the fastest player to reach this landmark in the history of cricket. Virat Kohli had to play 24 games to reach the milestone, and Shikhar Dhawan took 24 games to reach it. It was a remarkable knock from Shubman Gill, to say the least, as all of the other Indian batters failed to adapt to the wicket in the first place. However, the youngster did not have any trouble at all destroying the New Zealand bowlers during his record-breaking knock, smashing fours and sixes at will throughout the course of the innings.

As wickets fell around him, Gill never dropped his guard, and he continued to play ultra-aggressive cricket. He was particularly harsh on the spinners from New Zealand, Mitchell Santner, who could have been India’s dangerman in the event of favorable weather conditions. Nevertheless, Shubman Gill was not allowed to get into a rhythm and he used his feet to great effect against him, taking the aerial route to clobber a couple of boundaries off his bowling as he used his feet to great effect.

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