After India’s fourth consecutive victory in the World Cup, Shubman Gill says, “Wanted to Get Better At Chasing Down Totals”

Young opener Shubman Gill stated on Thursday that the Indian squad was steadfast in its determination to improve at chasing down goals in the World Cup and that it is reflected in the way the senior most batters are playing.

Gill said that the team’s goal in the run-up to the World Cup was to improve their chasing performance. To remain unblemished, India has so far destroyed Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

At the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday, India defeated Bangladesh easily by seven wickets behind the batsman Virat Kohli (103) who produced his 48th ODI century.

Despite a slow start, Indian captain Rohit Sharma is now the tournament’s leading run-getter with scores of 131, 86, and 48.

Gill added of Rohit and Kohli, “You can see how confident they are, the way they are hitting runs.

“One of the things that was discussed, particularly in the run-up to the World Cup, was that we weren’t really pursuing those large totals. I believe it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to carry that momentum into those important games we’ll play in the future,” he said.

Gill said that while recuperating from dengue, which also held him out of games against Australia and Afghanistan, he dropped a few kg, but he was still happy to have scored his maiden World Cup fifty.

“Obviously, that was pleasant. It was wonderful to get some game time even though I was a little sorry to have missed those possibilities when I was unwell, he added.

“I was thinking that while I was there; you had to be psychologically ready to go out there. In the process, I lost a few kg, but perhaps I can regain them, Gill said.

Speaking further about India’s two veteran hitters, Gill said they are teaching him how to manage the strain of playing under duress.

I constantly want to learn from them, he remarked, “to observe them, how they operate in the World Cup and in major games.

“When playing major games, there’s a narrow line between being sometimes too aggressive and withdrawing. I want to learn from them in terms of how they play and how they approach those important World Cup games, said Gill.

Gill said that despite missing out on a fifty today by falling for a 40-ball 48, Rohit has been providing the team with the correct energy in chases.

“Honestly, I don’t believe the pitch altered much. It was an excellent batting surface. Rohit has been batting really well and has taken a very aggressive attitude, particularly while chasing. The appropriate impetus is being provided by it, he added.

“And when the run rate is around four or five in chasing, it’s easier for the batsmen who are coming in.” In light of the upcoming encounter between India and New Zealand, the World Cup table-toppers, Gill said that the squad will want to improve their record in ICC competitions against the Kiwis.

“We haven’t spoken about this much how we haven’t defeated them since the ICC tournament in 2003, but maybe we will make an effort to do it in the next game. We are experienced at making large scores when we bat first, and we know which template to use,” he added.