On Wednesday, Shubman Gill became the first player in ODI history to score a double century. This accomplishment places him in an exclusive company.
Despite a scorching hundred from Michael Bracewell, India prevailed against New Zealand in the first one-day international that took place on Wednesday in Hyderabad by a score of 12 runs thanks to an outstanding performance by Gill who hit 208.
After scoring just the 10th double century in the history of one-day internationals, India appeared to be in good shape to easily win the match against New Zealand, which was reeling at 131-6 while attempting to reach 350.
“It’s a joy to watch Gill bat because he makes clean contact and avoids hitting the ball in the air.” “He has such a natural flow to his batting,” remarked Rohit Sharma, the captain of India.
Following the victory, the Indian team commemorated Gill’s achievement in a unique manner.
Bracewell, an all-rounder, replied to the game by scoring 140 runs off 78 balls before being dismissed in the final over by Shardul Thakur, who pinned him leg before wicket.
“If I’m being completely honest, the way Bracewell was hitting, we knew it was going to be a problem,” Rohit continued.
New Zealand was unable to score many runs early on due to the disciplined bowling of India’s fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj. However, Bracewell’s late fireworks gave them hope of pulling off an incredible victory.
“Bracewell’s innings was an incredible performance. “To put us in that situation was incredible,” remarked the captain of the New Zealand cricket team, Tom Latham. “The situation of the game and then play an innings like that…” It’s a shame we couldn’t make it across the finish line.”
Although Finn Allen scored 40 runs easily at the top of the order, New Zealand was in danger of suffering a crushing loss after Siraj took the wicket of Latham for the sixth wicket.
After that, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner joined Bracewell in the batting lineup. He contributed an outstanding 57 runs off of 45 balls as part of a 162 run partnership before being dismissed by Siraj.
Despite hitting 12 fours and 10 sixes, Bracewell’s team ended up on the losing side of the match. Siraj had the best bowling numbers of any of the Indian players, with 4-46.
An earlier effort by Gill, who is now 23 years old, contributed to India reaching a formidable total of 349-8. The innings lasted 149 balls and included 19 fours and nine sixes.
After Rohit was bowled for 34, Virat Kohli was next to go, and Santner was able to dismiss him for just eight runs after he was bowled by Santner.
Ishan Kishan, who scored 210 the previous month when India played Bangladesh, was dismissed for a low price by Lockie Ferguson, but Gill gained timely help from Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Hardik Pandya (28).
Before holing out to deep midwicket in the penultimate over, he brought up his double century by hitting three consecutive sixes off Ferguson. Ferguson was the bowler who gave him the opportunity.
Before I hit those sixes in the 49th over, I wasn’t thinking about reaching 200 runs at all. “At that point, I had the thought that I could get a double,” Gill said.
“I won’t call it a ‘wow’ experience, but it feels wonderful when the ball travels off the bat in the direction you want it to go. One cannot deny the existence of a sense of fulfilment. It has finally dawned on me that this is truly one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities—the stuff that dreams are made of.