‘He Has Played Normal Cricket’- Former Indian Cricketer Unimpressed With Shubman Gill Despite His Double Hundred? Shubman Gill has received praise from Irfan Pathan for his outstanding devotion in the second One-Day International against New Zealand despite having struck a double century in the first match.
At India’s Saturday, January 21 pursuit of a modest 109-run mark in Raipur, Gill struck an unbeaten 40 from 53 balls. After Rohit Sharma requested Tom Latham and company to bat first, the Indian bowlers previously dismissed them for 108.
‘He Has Played Normal Cricket’- Former Indian Cricketer Unimpressed With Shubman Gill Despite His Double Hundred?
“Shubman Gill – it was very good to see the commitment after having scored a double hundred. Youngsters try to show overaggression at times, go too far ahead and make mistakes, but he didn’t go towards any such flamboyance,” Irfan Pathan said.
“He played normal cricket. We got to see crisp shots on the up and he tried to bat with full commitment. It was a very good thing that he forgot the double hundred,” Irfan Pathan further added.
Gill contributed 208 runs to India’s razor-thin 12-run victory in the opening game in Hyderabad. The teenage batsman also made a century against Sri Lanka in the final One-Day International of the prior series.
When asked about Gill’s decision to play one ball at a time and forget about his double hundred, Sanjay Bangar replied:
“You want to remain in that zone. You might call it a trance or ideal performance state where you are neither thinking about the past nor the future. You are trying to stay in the present.”
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For displaying maturity beyond his years, the former Indian batting coach commended Gill, explaining:
“It is an art. We talk a lot about technique and temperament but to stay in the present, keep all thoughts in your mind at bay and focus on the ball and play according to the tempo is an ability. He has attained that so early in his career, so these are great signs for his career going forward.”
During his innings, Gill hit six boundaries, although he fell short of the maximum. He took a back seat to Rohit during their opening-wicket stand of 72 runs, but he stayed unbeaten until India crossed the finish line.