Gill creates biggest record in his career
India’s promising talent Shubman Gill has written a new success story for himself as he essayed a flamboyant unbeaten 204* for the ‘A’ team in the third unofficial Test against West Indies A at the Brian Lara Stadium on August 9, Friday.
At 19 years and 334 days, Shubman Gill became the youngest Indian batsman to score a first-class double century for an Indian representative side. Gill must be the happiest cricketer right now and his epic celebration after scoring a double century spoke volumes.
The record was previously held by Gautam Gambhir, who had scored 218 for India Board President’s XI against Zimbabwe in the year 2002 when he was 20 years and 124 days old.
When India A was petrified with fear at 14/3, Shubman Gill came out to bat and went about his business. He hunkered at the crease and played a fearless brand of cricket as he chipped in with a significant knock with the help of 19 fours and two sixes that set up a perfect platform for the team. He constructed a solid 315-run partnership with captain Hanuma Vihari (118*).
Gill, who was dismissed for a golden duck in the first innings, switched gears in the second to help the team set up a stiff 373-run target for the hosts. So far so good for Gill as he now has four 100+ scores in his 11-match first-class career and seven fifties to his credit.
The talented youngster has been in phenomenal form for the ‘A’ team as he chipped in with brilliant scores of 62, 77, 69 and 40. Gill, however, expressed his disappointment to be left out of the senior cricket team for the series in West Indies and is hoping that this performance would certainly put back in contention for national selection very soon.
“I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads. It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” Shubman Gill told CricketNext from Antigua.
“It was a fantastic series for me and team as well since we won with a 4-1 margin. Personally, I would have liked to carry on and score at least a couple of hundreds in those fifties. But I will learn from this experience,” the 19-year-old opener said after India comprehensively got the better of West Indies in an unofficial ODI series.