Gill equals Babar's record, scores joint-most runs for player in 3-match ODI series

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Wed, 25/01/2023
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Gill equals Babar's record, scores joint-most runs for player in 3-match ODI series
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Continuing his hot streak, India opener Shubman Gill scored his fourth ODI century against New Zealand on Tuesday at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, here, equaling a rare record set by Pakistan's Babar Azam against the West Indies in 2016.

Gill scored 112 runs off 78 balls, his second century of the series. Earlier in the series opener in Hyderabad, the opening batter hit 208 to become the fifth Indian batter to reach an ODI double century.

Gill's tally in the bilateral series now stands at 360 runs, having scored 40 in the second ODI. The total of runs is the joint-highest by any batter in a three-match or less bilateral ODI series.

In 2016, Babar Azam also made 360 runs in three matches against the West Indies, totaling three hundred in three matches.

With his strike, Gill became the fastest Indian in terms of innings taken to complete four ODI centuries. In only his 21st ODI innings, he achieved the feat. Shikhar Dhawan held the previous record, taking 24 innings for four ODI centuries, while Virat Kohli took 33 innings for his first four ODI tonnes.

Gill, 23, has had a fantastic start to his ODI career, scoring 1254 runs in 21 matches at an average of 73.76 and a strike rate of 109.80. And earlier in the series, in his 19th ODI innings, he became the fastest Indian and the second-fastest global to reach 1000 runs.

In Indore, he and Rohit Sharma put on a double-century stand (212 runs) to propel India to a massive 385/9 in 50 overs.

Gill and Rohit have now shared six ODI opening partnerships, with five of them exceeding fifty runs.