Prior to the first ODI between India and Zimbabwe, there was much talk about who Shikhar Dhawan would team up at the summit. KL Rahul returned to lead India while Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad were also among the options. However, the Indian management decided to stick with Shubman Gill who has been in the shape of his life lately.
Taking into account the last five ODIs he has played for India, the 22-year-old has racked up a score of 64.43.98 not out against the West Indies followed by another stunning 82 run-knock in Harare.
Gill teamed up with Dhawan to put together a 192-run lead for the first wicket, while India comfortably chased Zimbabwe’s required 190-run total.
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And that’s not all, the youngster also completed two catches, and he was then named the ‘Stylish Player of the Match’ after his all-around performance, but Gill magically ‘disappeared’ during ...-game presentation ceremony.
When his name was taken by the presenter Alan Wilkins, Gill was nowhere to be found and the Welshman seemed puzzled. Just as he was about to continue with the ceremony, the Indian opener emerged from the dressing room.
“While they’re looking for Shubman… No, he’s on his way. But we’ll tell you he scored a very well composed 82 not out. It was as good as it gets. He can sprint because he sprints. Shubman, thank you so much, heard Wilkins say as he praised Gill.
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He then collected a prize money worth USD 1000 for his all-round display.
Gill has been playing superb cricket for India lately and the youngster is eager to make another big hit when India takes on Zimbabwe in the second ODI on Saturday 20th August.