Team India opener Shubman Gill tied the record for runs scored in a bilateral series, scoring 360 runs – including a double century and a ton – in three matches against New Zealand. Head coach Rahul Dravid was very happy that Gill is finally living up to his immense potential.
Dravid recalled the words of Shubman Gill’s father when the young opener failed to convert his scores into ages. The Indian opener on Tuesday (Jan 24) continued his red-hot form, bringing up his 4th ODI century in the third and final game of the series against New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium, here he equals a rare record of Pakistan’s Babar Azam against the West Indies in 2016.
Gill made 112 runs off just 78 balls to start his second century of the series. Earlier in the series opener in Hyderabad, the lead-off batsman had hit a 208 to become the fifth Indian batsman to reach an ODI double hundred. The youngster was also named Player of the Series for his impressive performance against the Kiwis.
“So when Shubman scored a lot of fifties and sixties and hit well but didn’t really convert them into big hundreds, I think his dad would have said, ‘Shubman are you just going to show us drizzle or are you really going to show us some rain and some thunderstorm,” Dravid said in a video posted by BCCI on social media, where the head coach interacted with Gill.
“I think his dad will be glad you really made it rain this past month. So well done. It must make you and your dad really proud,” he added.
Replying to Dravid, Gill said his father wouldn’t be too happy with his 112 in the third ODI as he could have gone on to another big score. “Yes, I don’t think he will be too happy with this match. He would definitely tell me, I would have continued, I should have continued in this game and it looked like I had another big score in this one,” said Gill.
Then Dravid burst out laughing and said, “Tough job, master your father man! If we don’t pressure you, he will. So you are in good hands.”
(with IANS entry)