Intent was to place bowlers underneath stress: Shubman Gill | Cricket Information – Instances of India

HYDERABAD: Younger India opener Shubman Gill, who on Wednesday grew to become the youngest participant to slam a double century in ODIs, mentioned his intent was to place the New Zealand bowlers underneath stress and it paid off.
Gill struck a master-class 208 off 149 balls with 19 fours and 9 maximums to elevate India to an imposing 349 for 8.
“I was waiting eagerly to go out and do what I want to do,” Gill mentioned whereas receiving the player-of-the-match award after India’s nervy 12-run win over New Zealand within the series-opener right here.

Gill stepped up his innings brilliantly along with his first 50 coming off 52 balls. He went from 50 to 100 off simply 35 deliveries and once more from 100 to 150 off simply 35 balls. Nevertheless it was his last flurry that noticed the acceleration actually take off, with Gill going from 150 to 200 in simply 23 balls, passing the double-century mark, thanks to 3 consecutive sixes.
“With wickets falling, at times I wanted to unleash and I’m glad I could do it in the end. Sometimes when the bowler is on top, you need to make them feel under pressure,” Gill mentioned about his technique.
“I needed to avoid dot balls and show some intent and hit hard into the gaps which I was doing.

“I wasn’t actually pondering of 200, however as soon as I hit sixes within the forty seventh over, I did really feel that I may. Earlier than that, I used to be enjoying what was coming to me.”
At 23 years and 132 days, Gill is now the youngest player to score a double-hundred in men’s ODIs, eclipsing his teammate Ishan Kishan, who set the record with his 210 against Bangladesh last month at the age of 24 years and 145 days.
“He (Kishan) is one in every of my greatest mates… It feels good if you find yourself desirous to do one thing and it’s coming off regularly,” Gill said.
Gill took 19 innings to complete 1000 runs in ODIs, joint-second fastest to the feat alongside Imam-ul-Haq.

Fakhar Zaman is the quickest to the mark, having got there in 18 innings.
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (24 innings) were previously the quickest Indians to 1000 ODI runs.
“It (double ton) has sunk in fairly properly. I will not name it a ‘wow’ feeling but it surely feels good when the ball goes off the bat the way you need it.
“There’s certainly a feeling of satisfaction. This is certainly one of those things, like what dreams are made of,” Gill mentioned.
India skipper Rohit Sharma was additionally effusive in his reward for Gill.
“Watching Gill bat is fantastic, clean striking and no aerial shots. We wanted to give him a run before the Sri Lanka series for the kind of form he was in. He is such a free-flowing batsman,” Rohit mentioned.
Rohit additionally heaped reward on India pacer Mohammed Siraj, who was the decide of bowlers for India with figures of 4/46.
“Siraj has been brilliant, of late, even in the other two formats. He has gone from strength to strength, running hard and clear about what he wants to do. He is not afraid to use the short ball as well which is exciting,” the skipper added.

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