India got another run machine after Virat Kohli
Scored more than 850 runs in 18 ODI innings only
New Delhi. There could not have been a better start to the year for Team India. Defeated Sri Lanka in the first T20 and completed the right effort by eliminating Lanka in the ODI series. Before the ODI series against Sri Lanka, there was a lot of debate about Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. There was noise everywhere to give a chance to Ishaan Kishan, who scored a record-breaking double century in Bangladesh. But, Rohit clearly said that Shubman Gill is our first choice as an opener. He has done well in the past. In such a situation, we will give them more chances. However, not everyone liked this decision of Rohit then. But, after the end of the series, everyone got the answer.
Shubman Gill lived up to the trust of captain Rohit. He completed the task of Guwahati by hitting a century in Thiruvananthapuram. Gill played an inning of 116 runs in 97 balls with the help of 14 fours and 2 sixes. After Virat Kohli (283), Gill was the second highest run scorer in the ODI series. He scored 207 runs in 3 matches at an average of 69.
Place confirmed in Gill’s opening
It became clear from Gill’s performance that before the start of the World Cup, the Indian team got Rohit’s new opening partner. Now the name of any player should be considered for the backup opener. Gill has confirmed the place in the opening slot. Not just ODIs. The selectors will now see him as an opener in T20 and Test as well.
Dhawan was discharged in one year!
In the last 1 year, Gill has shown amazing consistency in his performance. The proof of this is the figures related to batting. Last year, Gill scored 638 runs in 12 ODIs at an average of 71. His average was higher than Virat and Rohit. He will definitely have to improve his performance in Test cricket. Gill scored 178 runs in 3 Tests last year at an average of 29. Due to Gill’s performance, the problems of Rohit’s old Salani partner Shikhar Dhawan increased. He was neither selected by the selectors for the series against Sri Lanka nor New Zealand. Whereas Dhawan was the captain of the team in the absence of Rohit last year and in 2022, the second highest run scorer in ODIs for India.
India got future giant
The kind of performance Gill is performing. Looking at him, it can only be expected that India has got the future Virat Kohli. That’s why we are saying this. Because Gill is the Indian batsman who has scored the most runs in the first 20 innings of ODIs. He achieved this position by scoring a century in Thiruvananthapuram ODI. Gill has not left anyone else behind in this matter, but only Virat Kohli. Gill has played only 18 innings and has scored 894 runs at an average of over 60. It has 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries. Kohli had scored 847 runs in the first 20 innings of ODIs and Gill went ahead of him.
Kohli’s glimpse in Gill’s batting
The way Virat Kohli takes time in the beginning and after freezing his eyes, he gives sleepless nights to the opposition bowlers. Gill also bats in the same way. They change their game according to the need. Gill had completed 50 runs in 52 balls in Thiruvananthapuram ODI. But, the next 50 runs were scored in just 37 balls.
As easily as Kohli, he puts shots in every corner of the ground without taking any risk. Gill is also doing the same easily. He does aggressive batting. But without taking the risk. Proof of this is Lahiru Kumara’s 4 fours in 4 consecutive balls in the sixth over of the Indian innings. Out of this, Gill did not play a single risky shot. Got a short ball and punched it on the backfoot. When the ball was seen ahead, he hit a cover drive. That is, he knows the skill of playing according to the situation, this quality is full of codification in Virat.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 16, 2023, 07:51 IST