The young Indian opener, Shubman Gill is strengthening his selection case in limited-overs cricket with every passing game. The exciting young talent was closing on his fifth ODI half-century before rain-gods made their presence felt in Hamilton. After the dismissal of stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan in the 2nd ODI, in-form batter Suryakumar Yadav joined Gill and they helped India reach 89-1 in 12.5 overs.
Speaking to reporters at the traditional post-match press conference, Shubman Gill talked about his conversation with Suryakumar during his stay at the crease. He said, “The way he (SKY) is playing right now, there was no need to have any conversation with him out in the middle as he was batting so good. But yes, It’s great fun to bat alongside him.”
Shipman Gill, who is keen on making the most of the chances he is getting in the limited-overs format, also explained why teams can’t post totals of 400-450 more regularly in the 50-over format. He said, “400-450 are made in 2-3 matches per year. When you score 300-350, it makes a good match. This all is dependent on conditions, whether you bat first or not.”
The Indian opener remained unbeaten on 45 off 42 balls while Suryakumar smashed 34 off 25 balls in the 2nd ODI at Hamilton. India will meet New Zealand in the 3rd ODI on Wednesday. One of the evident losses for Gill is the missed opportunity of making an impact as he tries to look for a place in India’s best XI. Playing as a backup opener in the absence of Rohit Sharma, he has already scored 4 half-centuries and a ton in 14 innings – averaging 61.27 in the 50-over format.
However, he claims he isn’t looking too far ahead, Shubman Gill said, “I’m not looking so far ahead, I’m trying to make the most of the opportunity I get, score big, and make some big contributions for the team. Even in the last game, the way I was playing, the intention was to play long innings. Even in the team meetings, the talk was about batting long, about the set batter ensuring that he finishes the innings. It also makes it easier for the other batters to come in and score.”