Shubman Gill Century gets him back to the limelight once again as he scores his 3rd ODI century and 2nd consecutive one in as many innings against New Zealand in the 1st of the 3 ODI’s in Hyderabad today. The New Year seems to have brought back the lost glory of the Indian Cricket Team after a dismal 2022, as the team is collectively winning matches and its star players also happen to be back in form.
Shubman Gill Century: Back-to-back
Riding high on the century in the last ODI against Sri Lanka in Tiruvananthapuram, where Team India piled up 390 runs and won the match by 307 runs, a record in ODI history, Shubman Gill started off from where he left. The elegant right-hander unleashed his flurry of stokes as he assumed command over the New Zealand bowlers. After a brief partnership with fellow opener Rohit Sharma, who got out on 34, Shubman held one end at his destructive best. Even though he lacked the backing from the other end, none of the New Zealand bowlers posed much of a challenge to him as he stood his ground.
Countdown to the ODI World Cup
With the ICC ODI World Cup less than 11 months away, Team India has already in preparation mode with the hope of repeating the 2011 magic. In this context, Shubman Gill’s form will be crucial as he is one of the prime choices for the opening slot along with Rohit Sharma. Although, his contender for the position, Ishan Kishan who has a rare ODI double century under his belt in Bangladesh, Shubman’s consistency makes him inch past the southpaw.
Team India head coach, Rahul Dravid will be pretty relieved as the team which is already missing out on its star players due to injury scare, has the batting order stabilizing to an extent. As Team India would not avail the services of Rishab Pant during the ODI World Cup this year, Shubman ‘s innings do lend much needed solidity to the batting order.
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