Watch: Shubman Gill's cool reaction to "Sara, Sara" chants at the stadium in 1st ODI vs NZ
Shubman Gill carried on his red-hot form and smashed his maiden ODI double century on Wednesday in the first ODI in Hyderabad. He helped India win the first game by 12 runs and became the youngest player to score an ODI double century.
Gill made 208 runs off 149 balls, with nine sixes and 19 fours in his inning. Notably, he scored a century in the third and last game against Sri Lanka on Sunday in Trivandrum as well. Fans enjoyed his inning really well on Wednesday.
However, when Gill was fielding near the boundary line, one set of spectators was seen chanting "Sara, Sara." Though the 24-year-old didn't react to that chant, she gave a calm reaction. In response, he calmly waved his hands at the fans.
Notably, some rumours confirmed that Gill was linked up with Sachin Tendulkar's daughter Sara and then with Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan. Although there has been no official confirmation about it, Gill was even seen at a dinner in Dubai with Sara Ali Khan.
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Meanwhile, the 24-year-old became the fifth Indian player to touch the 200-run mark in 50-over cricket after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan. A total of 10 ODI double centuries have been scored in the ODIs and seven of them came from the bat of the Indians.
Gill pushed India to a big score of 349/8 in their 50 overs. But the game became intense when Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner (57 off 45) added 162 runs for the 7th wicket to take New Zealand near the target. Bracewell scored a 53-ball hundred and made 140 off 78 balls, hitting 12 fours and 10 sixes.
But in the end, New Zealand fell short by 12 runs. Both teams will lock horns on Saturday in the second ODI match in Raipur. India will look to win that game to win the series as well.