Shubman Gill decimates New Zealand's quickest bowler Lockie Ferguson, and Rohit Sharma can't believe it (4 0 4 4 6 4)
Shubman Gill, who is in outstanding form right now, will be vying for a berth in India's team for the next ODI Cricket World Cup later this year. The youthful opener further demonstrated his growing self-assurance by scoring an incredible double century in the first ODI of the current three-match ODI series against New Zealand. India quickly reached 349 for eight in 50 overs in Hyderabad thanks to the swashbuckling batsman's 208 runs off 149 balls. With a goal of 350 runs to reach, New Zealand was dismissed for 337 in 49.2 overs thanks to Mohammed Siraj's four-wicket haul as the hosts triumphed by 12 runs.
Then, in the second ODI, Rohit Sharma and company won by eight wickets after bowling out New Zealand for 108 runs in 34.3 overs. The outcome assisted India in winning the series. In the third ODI, 23-year-old Gill once again displayed the entire range of his batting prowess by hammering Lockie Ferguson in the eighth over of India's innings. Gill clobbered four fours and a six, mocking the pacer's prowess in an onslaught that shocked Rohit.
Gill hit a wide, short-of-length ball that was the opening delivery of the over for a four after driving it straight down the ground and hitting mid-off. He was defeated in the subsequent delivery as the ball maintained its trajectory to go over the edge. The next ball was smashed beyond deep third for another four by Gill, who then added a shot between mid-off and extra cover to make it a back-to-back. He was given a short ball in the sixth delivery, which he upper-cut over point for a stunning six that even Rohit found hard to believe. Shubman hit Ferguson to cover point for a four on the last delivery, bringing the total off the over to 22.
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As India sped to 200 in only 25 overs, Gill went on to knock a century off just 72 deliveries, and both of the openers soon after died in rapid succession. India was two down for 230 in 28 overs when Rohit was clean bowled by a ball that kept low. In the subsequent over, Gill top-edged a delivery from Blair Ticker to fall one short of Babar Azam's world record.
The Men in Blue are preparing for the ODI World Cup as India looks to complete yet another clean sweep, particularly as the team's administration tries to find a solution to the issue with its openers. India will host New Zealand for a three-match T20I series after the ODI series. India will host Australia for a four-game Test series, followed by three ODIs, after the three-match T20I series.