Shubman Gill reflects on special knock: "I was itching to unleash myself"


Team India opener Shubman Gill has revealed that he wanted to break free a lot sooner than he did in the Hyderabad ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday, January 18. He added that with wickets falling at the other end, he had to rein himself in until the last couple of overs.


Gill, 23, created history in the first ODI, becoming the youngest batter to smash a double hundred in the format. He scored 208 off 149 balls, hammering 19 fours and nine sixes. Thanks to his brilliance, India posted 349/8 and went on to clinch the game by 12 runs


It was pretty much a one-man show from Gill as the next-best score in India’s innings was 34 from skipper Rohit Sharma. Reflecting on his spectacular performance, the batter admitted that he was itching to open up in the last 10 overs but had to hold himself back.


India have been guilty of being conservative in the middle overs in ODIs over the last couple of years. However, during the Sri Lanka series as well as in Hyderabad on Wednesday, they showed much better intent during the same phase.


Following Gill’s magnificent double hundred, his mentor Yuvraj Singh took to social media and tweeted that it was a very proud day for him and the opener’s dad. Asked about his thoughts on Yuvraj’s emotional tweet, Gill admitted that it was a nice feeling

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