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'Gill Jeet Raha Hai Dil': Cricket Fraternity Impressed with Shubman Gill After Magnificent Century

Last Updated: January 24, 2023, 20:08 IST

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Team India young opener Shubman Gill continues his impressive form with the bat as he scored another magnificent century in the third ODI against New Zealand at Holkar Stadium, Indore. The 23-year-old, who slammed a sensational double century in the first ODI, ended the series on a high with a 112-run knock. Gill stamped his authority over the Kiwi bowlers at a placid Indore surface.The talented opener has been in imperious form after the team management backed him to form an opening pair with skipper Rohit Sharma after Shikhar Dhawan was left out of the ODI squad from the Sri Lanka series. Shubman was given the long rope as the opener as Ishan Kishan warmed the bench during the Sri Lanka series despite scoring a double ton in the Bangladesh series.Shubman repaid the trust of the captain and coach as he has been scoring consistently well for India in the last two ODI series.On Tuesday, Gill shared a massive 212-run partnership with Rohit which was the highest by any opening pair against New Zealand in ODIs. The Indian skipper also ended his century drought in ODIs with a 101-run knock.Gill, who often takes time to get settled in the middle, looked in an aggressive mode right from the start as he reached the triple-figure mark in just 72 balls. The talented opener also equalled the record of Babar Azam - most runs scored in three-match ODI series as Gill amassed 360 runs against New Zealand in the ongoing series with his 112-run knock in the final ODI.The 23-year-old was dismissed by Blair Tickner in the attempt to clear the boundary rope but he mistimed the pull shot and got caught.Gill also equaled Pakistan’s modern-day maestro Babar Azam to become the joint highest run-getter in a three-match bilateral ODI series. He equaled the record set by Babar (360 runs) which he achieved in 2015-16 three-match ODI series against West Indies.Babar played, three games and scored centuries in all three, thereby scoring 360 runs at a stupendous average of 120. His highest was 123. Meanwhile, Gill completed the feat against New Zealand as he kicked off the series with a double century in Hyderabad. After slamming 208 runs, he accounted for 40 unbeaten runs in the second match in Raipur as India went pant New Zealand with 8 wickets in hand.Moreover, in the third and final ODI match, he slapped 112 off 78 balls, hence aggregating exactly 360 runs. Had he scored one more, he would have overtaken Babar Azam.