During the third and final game between India and Sri Lanka at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Indian opener Shubman Gill smashed his second ODI century. Gill scored fifty in 52 deliveries and then took just 37 balls more to complete his century. On Sunday, Shubman Gill broke Virat Kohli’s record for most runs by an Indian in the first 20 ODI innings of their career.
rising star Shubman Gill also starred for the Men in Blue, as the 23-year-old scored his 2nd ODI century and the first one on home soil.Many fans were baffled with his inclusion and Ishan Kishan not featuring in the side as the latter scored a record double century (210) in against Bangladesh recently.
after the thunderous 3-0 series win against the Lankan Lions, India play New Zealand in a three-match ODI series starting on January 18. Later, the bowlers worked in tandem to crush the Islanders in their run chase as the Lankan Lions were bundled out for mere 73 runs and handed the victory by a large margin of 317 runs. Gill scored a sublime 116 runs, which coupled with Virat Kohli’s unbeaten knock of 166, powered India to a massive total of 390 runs in their 50 overs
It is worth noting that Gill was given the nod ahead of left-handed opening batter Ishan Kishan – who scored a scintillating double century in the third ODI against Bangladesh last month – and the Punjab lad grabbed it with both hands. In the first match of the series against Sri Lanka, Gill scored a 60-ball 70.As it happened, Shubman Gill was fielding near the boundary in Sri Lanka’s innings. Seeing him at that time, a group of spectators sitting in the stadium suddenly started shouting ‘Sara…Sara’. Also, tried to provoke Gill.
Courtesy of his ferocious start in the second innings, India managed to get control of the match early on as they eventually defeated the Dasun Shanaka-led side by a record-breaking 317 runs. Left-arm pace bowler Reece Topley, who suffered an ankle injury during a fielding drill before their opening T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan, has also been named in the squad.
The 23-year-old smashed a terrific century in the third ODI against the Dasun Shanaka-led side. Opening the innings, he scored 116 runs off 97 deliveries and set the tone of the match in India’s favour. Later, Virat Kohli too scored a phenomenal century as India posted 390 on board at the end of their 50 overs.India’s star batter Virat Kohli scored his 46th ODI century at the Greenfield International Stadium at Thiruvananthapuram and helped the Men in Blue in clinching the series.
It is just intent, playing for the right reasons. Ever since I came back from the long break, I have been feeling good. I don’t have that desperation to get to a milestone,” said Kohli. He created fear in the minds of Sri Lankan batters with his inswingers and ferocious bouncers. Rohit hailed Siraj for his efforts and revealed that the right-arm pacer is still improving as a bowler, which is good for the team.
Other than Irfan Pathan, current National Cricket Academy head and legendary VVS Laxman, cricket pundits Harsha Bhogle, and Ayaz Memon hailed Shubman Gill for his latest heroics on the field.
“He played some amazing shots, hit on the up on the off and leg side. He looked fantastic right from the start. When Shubman Gill takes out his feet and plays on the off side, I feel he bats the best He has got a second hundred, that’s what you can do. This opponent was for everyone but he has taken that opportunity with both hands.” This probably was not the best test of his ability and on the international stage as well. But you are not going to take it away from him. We saw in the first five overs, Rohit Sharma was also hit with the ball and got beaten as well a few times but there also Shubman Gill looked in full control,” the former India allrounder noted.
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With a half-century against SriLanka, Kohli has surpassed MS Dhoni for most runs against SriLanka.
Kohli is only behind Sachin Tendulkar for most runs against the island nation.
“What absolute dominance by India in the final ODI, and the series! It’s wonderful to see Virat Kohli back at his best in white-ball cricket, this unbeaten 166 was special even by his lofty standards. Shubman Gill continues to impress with his poise and pleasing strokeplay,” VVS Laxman posted on the microblogging platform. “An untroubled century, an unhurried innings. Shubman Gill has been majestic,” Harsha Bhogle said. Gill was dismissed on 70 (60) after guiding India to a fiery start alongside captain Rohit Sharma. The right-hander was trapped Leg Before Wicket (LBW) by Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka, which brought an end to a fine innings. After his fifty, fans on social media re-ignited his dating rumour with Bollywood star Sara Ali Khan.
One of the finest cricketers in the Indian team despite his young age, Shubman was further pressed to elaborate his answer. The host Sonam quizzed, “sara ka sara sach bolo,” to which he replied, “sara da sara sach bol diya. May be, maybe not.” The kind of replies Shubman Gill gave on the chat show will only further add to the speculation regarding his dating rumours with Sara Ali Khan. Sonam then directly asked Shubman the burning questions, she asked him whether he was dating Sara Ali Khan and the cricketer gave a rather intriguing reply. He said,