Watching Shubman Gill at the nets for the first time, then-India skipper Virat Kohli had said he was nowhere as talented as Gill was at that age. Gill was 19 at that time. For Kohli to say that was a great deal as he himself was viewed as a future star at a very young age. He, in fact, made his ODI debut at the age of 19. But you could see what Kohli meant.
Four years later, Gill has come out as an all-format, reliable batsman at the top of the order for the men in blue. He has registered an ODI double century. Has hundreds across formats of the game, has one of the rarest of rare average and strike rate combinations in the history of ODI cricket - All at the age of 23.
In the third T20I against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, Shubman Gill shattered records for fun by knocking his first ever T20I hundred. He concluded with an unbeaten 126 off just 63 balls to help India put up a massive 234 for 4, which proved to be far too much for the Kiwis who folded for 66 in just 12.1 overs as India registered another series victory.
List of records Shubman Gill broke with his century in the third T20I against New Zealand:
- At 23 years and 146 days, Gill became the youngest Indian to score a T20I century beating Suresh Raina, who had done it in 23 years and 156 days. The world record stands with Pakistan's Ahmed Shahzad who had slammed his first T20I century when he was 22 years and 127 days old.
- Gill's 126* is the highest score by an Indian in T20Is. The previous best was Virat Kohli's 122 against Afghanistan in Asia Cup last year.
- Gill's 126* is also the highest score by any batter against New Zealand in T20Is, bettering South Africa opener Richard Levi's 117 in 2012.
- Gill became the youngest Indian to complete centuries in all formats. He is the fifth Indian to do that after Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul.
List of records Team India broke with their massive win:
- India beat New Zealand by a massive 168 runs to win the series. This is India's biggest victory margin ever in T20Is and also the biggest victory margin in T20Is involving two full-member teams. The earlier record was jointly held by India and Pakistan.
- India bowled out New Zealand for 66. This is the lowest total India have ever bowled out an opposition for in the shortest format.
- India's 234/4 was their highest total against New Zealand in T20Is.
- India have extended their undefeated run in home T20I series to 13. They have won 11 of those.
- India’s fast bowlers picked up all 10 wickets against New Zealand, this was only the 2nd occasion, where India’s fast bowlers have taken all the 10 wickets. It is the first time that India’s fast bowlers have taken all 10 wickets in India.
- This was also the first time New Zealand lost all 10 wickets against pace in a T20I match.
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