Shubman Gill, an Indian batsman, said that he wants to make the most of the opportunities he has to represent his nation on the field after the second One Day International between India and New Zealand was cancelled due to rain.
Rain forced the cancellation of the second of the three-match series between India and New Zealand, with the Men in Blue scoring 89/1 in 12.5 overs at the time rain finally intervened and ended any chance of further play.
India was at 22/0 in 4.5 overs when rain delayed the action for the first time. Following rain, the match was restarted as a 29-overs-per-side encounter. After the action resumed, India’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for three runs by Matt Henry.
Following Shikhar’s dismissal, Gill and Suryakumar scored 66 runs for the second wicket. However, rain once again played spoilsport, and spectators did not get to watch any more action from these two fantastic teams. The third ODI will be played on Wednesday in Christchurch.
“Suryakumar Yadav was batting so good”: Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (45* off 42 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (34* off 25 balls) were at the crease unbeaten.
“I am not looking that far (playing in the 2023 World Cup). Right now, my focus is to make the most out of the chances I get to play for the country and score big. This is what I am looking to do in this series as well,” said Gill in a post-match press conference.
Gill has in fact surpassed his own expectations this year. Gill has participated in 11 ODIs so far, tallying 625 runs at an average of 78.12. With a top score of 130, he has recorded one century and four half-centuries.
Gill acknowledged that the incessant field movement brought on by the rain frustrated him and made planning challenging. The hitter expressed his pleasure at getting to bat with Suryakumar Yadav, who is currently on fire.
“There is no need to have any talk with him out in the middle as he was batting so good,” he added.
The third and final ODI of the series will be played on Wednesday.