India will take on New Zealand in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21. Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar believes that Shubman Gill has not secured his place in the team as a partner, despite scoring a double-century in the series opener.
The young Indian batter Shubman Gill scored his maiden double century in the first ODI against New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday, January 18. The 23-year-old smashed 208 runs off 149 deliveries and helped the Men in Blue post a mammoth total of 349. The hosts bowled out the visitors for 337 runs to seal a narrow 12-run victory.
Very Similar In The Age Group Category – Sanjay Bangar
During a discussion on the Star Sports show ‘Match Point’, Sanjay Bangar said that he is not sure whether Shubman Gill has sealed the opening spot in the 50-over format as Ishan Kishan isn’t too far away from him.
The former Indian batting coach said that Rohit Sharma, Gill, and Kishan will be the first-choice openers for India in the ODI World Cup 2023 at home.
“I am not so sure as yet because obviously there is one batter (Ishan Kishan) who is a left-hander who has also done that feat not too long ago. Again very similar in the age group category, he is 24 and Shubman is 23,” Sanjay Bangar said.
“A great thing for Indian cricket because what it does actually is that it sort of narrows down your choices to maybe possibly now that out of those three, two will certainly open for the Indian team in the 50-over World Cup,” he added.
Ishan Kishan scored the fastest double-century against Bangladesh. However, the team management felt that Gill would be a better opening partner with Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka at home. With the absence of KL Rahul for the ODI series against the Black Caps, the left-handed hitter was given an opportunity to bat in the middle of the order but managed only five runs from 14 deliveries.