Team India cricketer Shubman Gill is having a dream run at the international level this year. He continued his purple patch, slamming his maiden T20I hundred in the third match against New Zealand on Wednesday, February 1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The right-handed batter powered India to 234 runs, at the end of the first innings.
Shubman Gill opened the innings along with Ishan Kishan, as Hardik Pandya chose to bat first after winning the toss. The left-hander was dismissed early in the innings. Shubman Gill took up the responsibility, taking on the New Zealand bowlers. He stitched up an 80-80-run stand with Rahul Tripathi, who chipped in with a brilliant 44. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya also played fine knocks. However, Shubman Gill’s knock stole the show.
The opener slammed twelve boundaries and seven sixes, scoring 126 runs at a strike rate of 200. He did not have a great start to his T20I career so far, but his century might prove to be the turning point. In his six-match T20I career so far, Shubman has scored 202 runs, at an average of 40.40, and a strike rate of 165.57. With his 126-runs innings, he knocked up the highest Individual T20 score by an Indian.
Into the night sky & out of the park 🔥🔥@ShubmanGill is dealing in sixes 💥#TeamIndia | #INDvNZ | @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/OuMivnJXRw
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 2023
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to Shubman Gill’s century:
The best part about Gill's batting is how many good balls he hits for 4s & 6s. Batting like a dream. Congratulations on maiden T20I ton @ShubmanGill 👏🏽 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/h7NlnusbUB
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 1, 2023
I was very keen to see how Shubman Gill converts that solid start into a big finish. This is a fabulous innings. That second fifty is just out of this world
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 1, 2023
The future of India – Shubman Gill.pic.twitter.com/RgYwqpHDfT
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 1, 2023
Maiden test hundred in December
Maiden ODI double hundred in Jan
Maiden T20 hundred in February
He’s announced his time in some serious style .. Convert ‘em like Gill !!#INDvsNZ
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) February 1, 2023
👑🏏 GILL AT HIS BEST! Shubman Gill becomes only the second Indian to have an ODI double century & a T20I century.
💙 It is well & truly the Shubman Gill era!
📷 BCCI • #ShubmanGill #INDvNZ #NZvIND #TeamIndia #BharatArmy pic.twitter.com/1OMI4PHuJD
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) February 1, 2023
Gill's shot making and demeanor is Rohit Sharma'ish. And his grit & acceleration as the innings progresses is Kohli'ish.
Punjab might have just combined the best of Mumbai and Delhi.
— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) February 1, 2023
This is Shubman Gill's year. Ups and downs will remain. Just enjoy. Too precious a talent not to succeed. #INDvsNZ #ShubmanGill
— Jamie Alter 😷 🇮🇳 (@alter_jamie) February 1, 2023
Shubman Gill playing like a Ghilli 👏#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/aNNO2KNn7d
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) February 1, 2023
What a conversion that was!!! Absolutely brilliant from Gill #ShubmanGill #INDvNZ
— RUTVI AMIN (@AminRutvi) February 1, 2023
Well played Gill #INDvsNZ #shubhamangill #ViratKohli #T20Is pic.twitter.com/FCjrnU93T6
— VISHAL KUMAR (@vishalkumar5661) February 1, 2023
New Zealand lose half of the team inside powerplay
Chasing 235 runs, New Zealand got off to a disaster losing Finn Allen in the first over. Devon Conway also walked back into the hut adding just one run to the total. Following his dismissal, the visitors suffered a collapse. They were reduced to 21/5 in around five overs. Mark Chapman, Glenn Philips and Michael Bracewell are back in the pavilion. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh has been the pick of the bowlers so far, with two wickets each.
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