Former India National Cricket Team batter Sanjay Manjrekar was highly impressed with the 23-year-old opening batsman Shubman Gill’s sensational double ton against New Zealand and while showering praise on Gill, he compared the youngster with the legendary India captain and wicketkeeper-batter, MS Dhoni.
Shubman Gill stunned everyone with his remarkable double century in the ODI series opener against New Zealand on Wednesday, January 18, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. Gill smashed wonderful 208 runs off 149 balls, including 19 fours and 9 sixes, to become the youngest player to score a double century in ODIs.
Overall, Gill became the fifth Indian cricketer to smash an ODI double century after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan.
Meanwhile, Manjrekar took to Twitter to share his first impression of Dhoni and he also said that Gill has got the same skillset as Dhoni that will help him to be a consistent big hitter.
“When I saw Dhoni the first time that he mostly hit straight sixes told me that he will be consistent when it comes to big hitting. Gill has the same gift. Fingers crossed for him,” Manjrekar said in a tweet.
When I saw Dhoni the first time that he mostly hit straight sixes told me that he will be consistent when it comes to big hitting. Gill has the same gift. Fingers crossed for him. 🤞
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 18, 2023
Wasn’t really thinking of 200, but once I hit sixes in the 47th over, I did feel that I could – Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill reached his double-ton milestone in the most epic fashion possible. In the 49th over, Shubman Gill went berserk against the express pacer Lockie Ferguson and smashed three back-to-back sensational-looking sixes on the first three balls to bring up his double century off 145 balls.
At the post-match presentation ceremony, Shubman Gill, the Player of the Match award winner, said:
“I was waiting eagerly to go out and do what I want to do. With wickets falling, at times I wanted to unleash and I’m glad I could do it at the end. Sometimes when the bowler is on top, you need to make them feel pressure. Need to avoid dot balls, show some intent and hit hard into the gaps. Which is what I was doing.
“Wasn’t really thinking of 200, but once I hit sixes in the 47th over, I did feel that I could. Before that, I was playing what was coming to me. He (Kishan) is one of my best mates. I was there when he scored his ODI double-hundred and it was special. It feels nice when you are wanting to do something and it is coming off on a regular basis. Definitely a sense of satisfaction. It (double ton) has sunk in pretty well. Game went much more closer than I expected.”