When Shubman Gill first burst onto the scene, many believed he was destined for great things! On a sunny day at Hyderabad, the young Titan lived up to that by smashing a historic double century in the first One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand. By doing so, he walked into an elite club that features greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and his captain, Rohit Sharma and the young Ishan Kishan - who hit a double century just last month.
There was the typical grace and elegance you associate with Shubman during the epic 208. From the very first ball, the 23-year-old looked in good form, carrying on from where he left off at Thiruvananthapuram, where he scored his second ODI century. Shubman was in record breaking form, entertaining millions of cricket fans along the way.
Here, we take a look at some of the records the young batter smashed on way to his double ton:
- Shubman is now the youngest player to score an ODI double ton!
- Shubman’s 208 is the highest score by any player against the Kiwis in Men’s ODIs.
- He is the first man to score an ODI double century against New Zealand.
- It is the highest individual ODI score at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, beating Tendulkar’s 175.
It is also the highest ODI score in the city of Hyderabad, going past Tendulkar’s 186 not out - which came at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium against New Zealand in 1999.
- He became the fastest Indian man to reach 1,000 ODI runs.
- Gill also became the fifth Indian to score a double century.
- Shubman hit nine sixes in the innings — among Indians, only Rohit, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ishan have hit more in an ODI innings
- Shubman hit 130 runs in boundaries (i.e. fours and sixes) - only Rohit, Ishan and Sehwag have hit more runs off boundaries in an ODI innings.