In a high-scoring thriller, India emerged on top and won the first ODI against New Zealand by 12 runs. The Men in Blue, batting first, put 349 on the board. Rising star Shubman Gill was the hero of the match, as the 23-year-old scored a double hundred.
Gill became the eighth player to score a double hundred in ODIs and silenced his critics, who questioned his selection over Ishan Kishan, who sat out for the Sri Lanka series despite a double hundred.
Shubman scored 208(149), which included nineteen fours and nine sixes. By this feat, Gill broke Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan’s records to become the fastest Indian to amass 1000 ODI runs. Gill achieved the feat in 19 innings, five fewer than the legendary Indian duo.
Soon after his historic innings, cricket experts took to social media to praise the opener. One special congratulatory text which caught everyone’s attention was from former cricketer turned analyst Sanjay Manjrekar.
The 57-year-old was in awe of Shubman’s knock and tweeted that Gill’s innings reminded him of MS Dhoni. Manjrekar further mentioned one special ability that Gill shares with MSD.
When I saw Dhoni the first time that he mostly hit straight sixes told me that he will be consistent when it comes to big hitting. Gill has the same gift. Fingers crossed for him,” tweeted Manjrekar.
Gill became the 5th Indian to score a double hundred and surpassed Ishan Kishan to become the youngest player to score a double hundred.