Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jasiwal. Picture Credit: AP

Last Update on: August 13th, 2023 at 04:21 pm

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Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal are the current T20I openers for India in the ongoing series against West Indies. In the fourth T20I match against the Men In Maroon, the Gill-Jaiswal duo played a crucial role in the run chase and made a partnership of 165 runs.

In the first innings, West Indies went to bat first and gave a target of 179 runs after the Indian bowlers showed a good performance. Arshdeep Singh took three wickets in his four-over spell and gave away 38 runs. Kuldeep Yadav also scalped two wickets and gave away 26 runs in his four-over spell.

In the second inning, Shubman Gill made 77 runs from 47 balls with a strike rate of 163.83. Whereas, Yashasvi Jaiswal faced 51 deliveries and scored 84 runs with a strike rate of 164.71.

The young opening duo smashed a totals of eight sixes and 14 fours which helped the Men in Blue to level the five-match series by 2-2.

Also, the opening partnership of 165 runs made changes in the record book, and Shubman Gill-Yashasvi Jaiswal engraved their names for the elite feat.

The youngsters have now equaled the record of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul for highest opening partnership in the T20Is for the Men in Blue. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma made 165 runs against Sri Lanka in 2017 at Indore.

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Shubman Gill-Yashasvi Jaiswal break Mohammed Rizwan and Babar Azam’s record against West Indies

Apart from that, the current opening duo made a new record, breaking Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s record against West Indies. In 2021, the Pakistani duo made the highest partnership of 158 runs against the Caribbeans in Karachi. But the Jaiswal-Gill pair didn’t take much time cross them.

Shubman Gill was the first player to slam a half-century after smashing the ball over the point for four runs. But Yashasvi Jaiswal did not make him feel alone and hit his fifty soon to achieve the unique landmark.

For a few days, 23-year-old Shubman Gill has received plenty of criticism from the cricket pundits for not scoring runs after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. But Gill’s 77-run knock against West Indies in the fourth match must have answered all the questions that were thrown at him for his off-form.

Rohit Sharma-less India will take on West Indies in the fifth T20I match on Sunday (August 13) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Florida. The match will start at 8:00 PM IST.