Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, declared Shubman Gill to be the nation's top opener as a result of his hot streak of play, which also guaranteed him a spot in the team for the World Cup later this year. Shubman Gill is now in the midst of a hot streak with the bat and has broken several records recently, becoming the first Indian to score 1000 runs in ODIs in record time.
The youthful opener from Punjab reached his fourth ODI century on Tuesday at the Holkar Cricket Stadium against New Zealand in the third and decisive game of the three-match series, which India won easily by 90 runs.
As he has been doing lately, Gill scored 112 runs in only 78 balls to get his second series century. The opening batsman earlier in the series opener in Hyderabad hammered a 208 to become the sixth Indian batter to reach a double hundred in an ODI.
The Pakistani right-hander Babar Azam's 2016 record against the West Indies was equaled by the 23-year-old right-hander from Fazilka, Punjab, who was born. Babar Azam also scored 300 runs in three games in the 2016 series against the West Indies, totaling 360 runs.
In a post-game interview on Star Sports, Pathan was asked to evaluate Gill's recent performance and assess if he has shown why he should be used as an opener.
He is unquestionably your top opener. From a World Cup standpoint, you have unquestionably secured your future star and your tournament opener. He is, in my view, the most important lesson learned from this series, he said.
According to Pathan, Gill seems to have persuaded team management and captain Rohit Sharma that he is the ideal choice for them.
"Rohit had the evidence before the series even started. They had no doubts that Shubman Gill would be their opener, he said at the news conference. He was referred to be our future star and ODI opener both against Sri Lanka and here, he remarked.
Along with Ishan Kishan, Gill is a contender for the opening spot being the second Indian batsman to make a double century in the last month. However, it seems that for the Sri Lanka and the New Zealand series, the team management has chosen to rely on Gill rather than the Jharkhand wicket-keeper batter.