Release Date: January 19, 2023
Team India’s opener Shubman Gill scored a brilliant 208 off 149 balls in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Wednesday, January 18. Thanks to his exceptional innings, India won the match and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. . But Michael Bracewell did not give India much of a scare. He matched Gill stroke for stroke in a spectacular 140 off 78 balls. In the end, he was the last man out as New Zealand were bowled out for 337 in reply to India’s 349/8, falling by 12 runs.
Although a huge achievement Double century in ODIs Taking some time to sink in, Gill admitted that Bracewell’s knock shortened that period for him. “I mean (the double ton) sank pretty well, you know, when Bracewell started hitting those sixes and the game was closer than I expected,” commented the young Indian opener. He added, however, “But yeah, it’s definitely, you know, one of those things. It’s what dreams are made of.”
Bracewell hit 12 fours and 10 sixes in his innings, while Gill hit 19 fours and nine sixes earlier in the day, batting entirely in a region of his own. During his career, he became the fifth Indian to score a double century and the youngest. The previous record was held by Ishan Kishan, who scored 210 off 131 balls in December 2022.
Talking about Kishan joining the list of double centurions, Gill said, “Yes, it’s amazing. He’s one of my best teammates and it’s amazing to spend time with him. I was there when he scored his double century and it felt amazing.”
The right-handed batsman is not known for his sixes, but on Wednesday, he hit a maximum of nine, including three in consecutive deliveries, which took him to 200. Speaking about the big hit, Gill explained, “I was looking forward to, you know, going out there and doing what I want to do.
“And with the wickets falling, you know, there were times when I wanted to break free. But I got my moment when we had the last three or four overs to go and I wanted to get some sixes under my belt and I’m happy it paid off today,” he added.
Even when India were losing wickets at one end, Gill continued to hit big at the other end. Asked if it was a conscious decision, he said, “Yes. Sometimes when the bowlers are on top, you have to get them under pressure. Because if they don’t feel any kind of pressure, it’s easier for them to make more dot balls. So that was my plan, you know, when the bowler tries to get on top of me, just try to hit the gap, hit hard, give the bowler some purpose.”
The second ODI of the India-New Zealand series will be played in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.
— By a cricket reporter