India beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the first ODI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, on Tuesday, January 10. The Rohit Sharma-led team took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Indian batter Shubman Gill was disappointed with his dismissal and said that he should have converted his half-century to a triple-digit figure.
Indian openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma gave a solid start after losing the toss and put on a 143-run opening partnership. Gill was picked ahead of in-form batter Ishan Kishan, and he justified his selection with a well-composed half-century of 70 runs off 60 balls to set the platform for a mammoth total.
I Had About 30 Overs To Bat – Shubman Gill
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Shubman Gill said that he needs to convert the 70s into hundreds. Gill was disappointed to lose a great opportunity to convert his innings into a big score after losing his wicket in the 20th over.
“Definitely, I was very disappointed to get out on 70. I did all the hard work to get going and get a big one for the team. I got out in the 20th over, I had about 30 overs to bat,” Gill said during a post-match interaction with the media
It Feels Good When Your Captain Backs You – Shubman Gill
The 23-year-old is happy to get the backing of captain Rohit Sharma and the team management. The Punjab batsman said the management allowed him to play his natural game in the series opener.
“It feels good when your captain backs you. This was the conversation we had in the practice sessions that I would look to play my natural game whatever I’m doing in the one-dayers. Just look to continue the momentum,” he added.
India will take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, January 12. The hosts will be hoping to win this match and clinch the series.