Watch: Just under a month after scoring his maiden Test century for India, Shubman Gill has notched the second ODI century of his international career. Having finished 2022 with an ODI average of over 70, he looks likely to continue his imperious form in the format.
Having played brilliantly for his century, Gill eventually fell for 116 off 96 balls. His undoing came off a clever slower ball, an off-cutter from Kasun Rajitha that snuck past the India opener’s bat as he lost balance attempting a heave into the leg side.
The 23-year-old’s talents were on full display, and never more so than when he hit Lahiru Kumara for four consecutive fours in the sixth over.
Gill’s opening partner and captain Rohit Sharma started off the over with a six over mid-wicket before the youngster took over. In all four of his boundaries, Gill showed his class.
His first was a back-foot drive through point, which was followed by a front-foot drive through cover that raced away to the rope. The next ball was a full toss on his pads which was deservedly dispatched to the midwicket boundary. Gill’s boundary from the final ball of the over was arguably the best of the lot, planting his front foot forward and stroking the ball to the cover boundary yet again, as if he knew what ball Kumara would send down before it had even left his hand.
Gill will no doubt hope to carry his current vein of form into the upcoming series against New Zealand and Australia.