Indian opener Shubman Gill said that he had a chat with Yuvraj Singh ahead of the tour of Zimbabwe where he raised concerns over the inability to breach the 100-run mark in ODIs.
Gill was stranded on 98 during the tour of the West Indies due to rain playing spoilsport. Fortunately, he was quickly able to turn his fortunes around and scored a brilliant 97-ball 130 against Zimbabwe in the 3rd ODI.
“I just met him before coming to Zimbabwe and he told me that I was batting well. He advised me to bat deep if I get set. I was telling him ke 100 nahi aa raha (I am not getting 100). He told me not to worry, it will come,” Gill told Kishan in a video released by the BCCI.
“Finally!!! Well played @ShubmanGill u seriously deserved that Ton! Congratulations on your first 100. Many more to come this is just a start,” Yuvraj had tweeted in response to Gill’s century.
“We didn’t expect the game to get so tight” – Shubman Gill
After the first and second ODIs were one-sided in favor of India, Zimbabwe fought hard in the final game. Chasing 290, they were in charge at one point with Sikandar Raza leading the way with a sensational hundred.
However, he was caught by Gill at long-on in the penultimate over of the innings bowled by Shardul Thakur to end Zimbabwe’s hopes of a consolation victory.
“We didn’t expect the game to get so tight, but this is cricket. When the ball went in the air, at first, I thought it was going to come to me at an easy pace, but the ball was dipping. So I just dived and took the catch,” Gill added.
Gill has cemented his place in the ODI side for now with his performances. He is yet to make a mark in the shortest format of the game.