In the second One-Day International (ODI) match against Australia at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, India’s opening batsman, Shubman Gill, showcased his exceptional batting prowess by achieving his sixth ODI century. This remarkable feat was attained when Gill reached the coveted three-figure milestone after facing 92 deliveries.
The defining moment occurred in the 33rd over of India’s innings when Gill smartly managed to secure a single run off Sean Abbott. However, Gill’s brilliant innings came to an end when he was dismissed for a total of 104 runs, having faced 97 balls. The dismissal transpired when he attempted a big shot, sending the ball soaring into the hands of wicketkeeper Alex Carey, who made no mistake in completing the catch.
This century marked Shubman Gill’s fifth century in the ODI format for the year 2023. He had previously recorded centuries against New Zealand in Hyderabad and Indore, as well as against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram, Bangladesh in Colombo, and Australia in Indore. Additionally, in the realm of T20 International cricket, Gill had also registered a century against New Zealand in Ahmedabad earlier in the same year.
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Babar Azam Zimbu after seeing Shubman Gill 6th ODI and Shreyas Iyer 3rd ODI century and #Gill is coming for No.1 ODI batsmen 😅#ShubmanGill #Gill #ShreyasIyer #IndiaVsAustralia #INDvAUS#Zimbabar #BabarAzam𓃵#IndvsAus2023 #Kohli pic.twitter.com/fz61241LDQ— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) September 24, 2023
The Prince of world cricket – Shubman Gill.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 24, 2023
He is coming for the number 1 ranking. pic.twitter.com/GbCj7abjCY
Babar azam after seeing Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer century and #Gill is coming for No.1 ODI batsmen 😅#ShubmanGill #Gill #ShreyasIyer #IndiaVsAustralia #INDvAUS#Zimbabar #BabarAzam𓃵 pic.twitter.com/GLaTymuzJz— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) September 24, 2023
Most centuries for India before turning 25:— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 24, 2023
Sachin Tendulkar – 30.
Virat Kohli – 21.
Shubman Gill – 9.
– 3 generations of Indian cricket…!! pic.twitter.com/m3lcLkBCGi
Shubman Gill becomes the fastest Indian in history to reach 6 ODI centuries. pic.twitter.com/AIvy1PG3jY— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 24, 2023
Shubman Gill in ODIs in 2023:— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 23, 2023
70(60), 21(12), 116(97), 208(149), 40*(53), 112(78), 20(31), 0(2), 37(49), 7(16), 34(49), 85(92), 10(32), 67*(62), 58(52), 19(25), 121(133), 27*(19), 74(63).
– The batter of this year….!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4CD4MBd4uZ
Furthermore, Shubman Gill’s performance in ODIs throughout 2023 has been nothing short of phenomenal, as he currently holds the position of the leading run-scorer with an astounding 1230 runs in just 20 innings. His batting average stands impressively at 72.35, while his strike rate is an impressive 105.03. Gill’s remarkable consistency is further underscored by the fact that he has notched up five half-centuries in addition to his five centuries this year.
It is worth noting that Shubman Gill’s journey to cricketing excellence also includes his maiden ODI century, which he achieved in August 2022 against Zimbabwe in Harare. In terms of career statistics, Gill boasts the second-best career batting average in one-day cricket, provided the minimum qualification of 1000 runs.
In this regard, he is second only to Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands, who holds an average of 67.00 in 33 matches. To round off this list of top-performing batters in ODIs, Dawid Malan of England (61.52), Babar Azam of Pakistan (58.16), and Virat Kohli of India (57.38) occupy the subsequent positions. Shubman Gill’s consistently exceptional performances on the cricket field undoubtedly establish him as a prominent figure in the world of international cricket.