How many of you remember the ICC U-19 World Cup match against Pakistan on January 30, 2018? Where a tall boy anchored the innings till the end, remained unbeaten and smashed a sublime century. The same boy scored a 111-ball 106 and powered India C to Deodhar Trophy final. The boy is none other than Shubman Gill, the star in making and definitely the next batting sensation of India.
From skipping down the track and hit one of the finest off-spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin into the mid-wicket fence for a six at the Deodhar Trophy match to plays crucial roles for his side every time, Gill recently scored his maiden first-class double-century for Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season. This year is only getting better for him.
Having returned from New Zealand, he featured in the Punjab team against Tamil Nadu. Gill opened the innings, scored a scintillating 328-ball 268 with 29 fours and a six. When he was on 196, he hit the ball which landed between two fielders. On the first ball of the next over, Gill picked up two runs to reach 199. At that time only, the umpires had to stop the game due to light after Baba Indrajith denied to continue. As a result, Shubman Gill ended the day just a run short to the century. Thus, he became the only second Indian after Rahul Dravid (Adelaide Test vs Australia, 2003) to end the day on 199 in a First-Class match.
Gill reached his double ton with a boundary. Thus, he became the second youngest player to score a First-Class century for Punjab after Reetinder Singh Sodhi. Sodhi was 17 years 15 days old when he played against Delhi and scored an unbeaten 200 in 1997-98. He is so far the youngest Indian and overall the third youngest player to score a First-Class double century. Shubman was 19 years 97 days old when the game against Tamil Nadu started.
His 268 off 328 helped Punjab to put up 479 in the first innings and claim a 264-run lead against Tamil Nadu’s 215. Gill’s name added in the list of top four highest scorers before turning 20 in the first-class cricket while opening the innings. Among them, two of the three ahead of Gill are Indians only. Wasim Jaffer and Abhinav Mukund made unbeaten triple centuries opening the innings when they were 18 years old.
|Wasim Jaffer||314*||18y 262d||Mumbai||Saurashtra||1996-97|
|Abhinav Mukund||300*||18y 302d||Tamil Nadu||Maharashtra||2008-09|
|CL Badcock||274||19y 263d||Tasmania||Victoria||1933-34|
|Shubman Gill||268||19y 97d||Punjab||Tamil Nadu||2018-19|
|Ian Lee||258||19y 319d||Victoria||Tasmania||1933-34|
“I am hitting the ball well and it’s a good phase. There are still some matches to be played this season and my aim is to score heavily in them,” Gill said to The Indian Express.“It was an important knock as a big innings was due from me. We wanted to make sure that we have a big first-innings lead and my focus was to bat normally. I did not think about a triple-hundred but my aim was to play according to the (merit of the) ball,” he further added.
As he reached the double-ton, Twitteratis started wishing him for this:
— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2018
Shubman Gill produced an impeccable innings (199 batting) to place Punjab in a strong position at the end of the Ranji Trophy match at the PCA Stadium. @vijaylokapally has more here 👇#RanjiTrophy https://t.co/GpNNsKJes7
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) December 15, 2018
Shubman Gill's innings ends on a monumental 268. All the Tamil Nadu players came up to him to shake his hand after he was out. #RanjiTrophy
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) December 16, 2018
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 16, 2018
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 16, 2018
Shubman Gill unbeaten 257, his KKR captain and current opponent Dinesh Karthik has had the best seat in the house. TN all but out of knockouts contention. #RanjiTrophy
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) December 16, 2018