Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said Shubman Gill’s century in India’s Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash against Bangladesh was better than his double hundred against New Zealand earlier this year. However, Bangladesh set a 266-run target in Colombo on Friday, September 15. Gill then scored 121 runs off 133 deliveries but failed to take the team home as India were bowled out for 259 to lose the game by six runs.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra praised Gill, saying: “Shubman Gill – a very, very, very mature knock. This player has also hit a double century in ODI cricket, you would remember that, but this knock was better than his double hundred. You can check the conditions, the way the ball was turning slightly and getting stuck on the pitch. It was also moving left and right with the new ball. It was not easy to bat under lights against the new ball and then the spinners kept everyone in check.”
However, Shubman Gill held one end up of the run-chase while wickets kept tumbling at the other end. He was eventually caught at long-off off Mahedi Hasan’s bowling while trying to hit a six as well. Aakash Chopra was impressed with Shubman Gill’s handling of Bangladesh’s spinners as well. He also praised KL Rahul’s game against the spinners as well.
“The way he got out to Dunith Wellalage (in the last match), it was there in his mind. He was taking a big stride, playing extremely close to the body, that’s the kind of improvement you want to see against left-arm spin. He was dancing down the wicket and hitting sixes against the off-spinners. So he was absolutely stellar,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “KL Rahul was actually batting well. Played a good cut shot to get a four and was playing good sweeps as well. Then he jumped down the pitch, reached too close to the ball, and hit it straight into midwicket’s hands off an off-spinner’s delivery.”