Touted as the ‘future’ of Indian batting by many, Shubman Gill truly seems to have hit his true potential, slamming a double century in the first ODI against New Zealand. Not long after the cricketing world witnessed Gill’s heroics in Hyderabad, an old tweet of India skipper Rohit Sharma resurfaced on social media. In the tweet, Rohit had called Gill ‘the future’ and the post has now gone viral on social media. Ahead of the start of the series, Rohit had Gill for the opener’s spot, ahead of Ishan Kishan, and his old tweet proves the sort of faith the India skipper has in the right-handed batter.
Rohit’s huge praise for Gill had come as a response after the latter had written on the micro-blogging site: “Well no one does pull shots better than the #Hitman Happy Birthday! @ImRo45.”
In reply, Rohit wrote: “Thanks future”.
Thanks future https://t.co/2tTUkuDr50
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 1, 2020
Speaking of his knock against New Zealand, Gill had said: “This knock means a lot to me. I could not convert in the first ODI and third game (against Sri Lanka), I was looking to get a big score but it didn’t happen. Once I was set, the focus was to score as may runs as possible.
“With the extra fielder inside the circle (in overs 11-40), we see the other teams pushing in the middle overs. Even when wickets were falling, I wanted to show intent to the bowlers because it’s very easy to bowl dot balls if the batter is not showing intent.
“So, that was my intent when the wickets were falling that ‘I will hit you if you are going to bowl bad balls’,” the 23-year-old said during the press conference after the match.
“Consistency is very important for me, it’s the key to everything. As a batter that is what I strive for in any format. It feels good when things you are doing repeatedly are paying off,” he added.
Having made a strong statement with the bat, Gill would hope to continue his exploits at the top as India take on New Zealand in the 2nd match of the series on Saturday.
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