Shubman Gill surpasses Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to script the World record for India
The first ODI game between India and New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium has provided the Indian fans with more joy as the young opener Shubman Gill notched up his second successive ODI century on Wednesday against New Zealand.
After scoring his second ODI hundred in the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday, Gill has started the New Zealand series with an 88-ball century. The 24-year-old has been in phenomenal touch and has continued his form.
He added 60 runs for the first wicket with the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (34). Then, India lost Virat Kohli (8) and Ishan Kishan (5) cheaply. But after that, Gill added another 65 runs for the fourth wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (31) to take India near the 200-run mark. However, India lost Suryakumar at the score of 175 runs.
But the 24-year-old was going well on the other end. He completed his century in the 30th over of the inning. And during his knock, he also completed 1,000 ODI runs in his career. Notably, he completed this landmark in his 19th inning and became the second-fastest batter to do so. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is the fastest with 18 innings.
Meanwhile, Gill is the fastest Indian batter to reach 1,000 ODI runs. He went past the likes of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to script this Indian record. Both Virat and Dhawan took 24 innings to do so, and Gill completed it in five fewer innings.
With this third ODI century in 19 innings, Gill is also the second fastest Indian batter to score three ODI centuries in his career. He is only behind Dhawan, who scored three ODI centuries in 17 innings. Gill is looking to get a big century, and he is also the leading run-scorer in the ODIs in 2023 with two centuries and one half-century.