India won their 2nd T20I bilateral series of 2023 as the Hardik Pandya-led side handed New Zealand a 168-run defeat in the series decider at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The difference between the two sides was Shubman Gill, who struck his maiden T20I hundred.
The 23-year-old scored 126 (63), which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Gill became the youngest Indian to score a century in all three formats. Alongside that, he broke a few other records as well.
Another major feat that Shubman achieved was to surpass Virat Kohli for the highest individual score by an Indian in T20Is. Kohli’s 122 run-knock against Afghanistan in the 2022 Asia Cup was previously the highest individual score in T20Is by an Indian.
Reacting to the scintillating knock by the youngster, former India skipper Virat Kohli took to Instagram to praise Gill and even wrote a special five-word message for the GT star.
Virat posted a story where he shared a picture with Gill and wrote, “Sitaara (Star). The future is here.”
Kohli, who featured in the ODIs against New Zealand, was not a part of the T20I series and is enjoying his time off with his family in Rishikesh. Kohli will return to the team for the all-important tour against Australia.