Shubman Gill, the electrifying Indian opening batsman, has left an indelible mark on the world of One Day International (ODI) cricket. He achieved a monumental milestone by becoming the fastest player to accumulate 2000 runs in this format, eclipsing the previous record held by the South African legend, Hashim Amla. This accomplishment further solidifies his status as a burgeoning sensation in the cricketing realm.
Gill’s extraordinary feat unfolded during India’s World Cup clash against New Zealand. In a mere 38 innings, he reached the coveted 2000-run mark, setting a new world record in the process. This achievement eclipsed the prior record set by Hashim Amla, who took 40 innings to achieve the same milestone.
The pivotal moment arrived when Gill required just 14 runs to reach the 2000-run landmark. With panache and finesse, he achieved this feat during the seventh over of India’s run chase, dispatching a delivery from Trent Boult to the boundary, a testament to his impeccable batting prowess.
Throughout the New Zealand match, Shubman Gill played a significant role, contributing 26 runs off 31 deliveries. Regrettably, his innings was curtailed in the 14th over when Lockie Ferguson claimed his wicket.
What adds a layer of astonishment to Gill’s accomplishment is the fact that he missed India’s initial two World Cup matches against Australia and Afghanistan due to a bout of dengue fever. His return to the team for the high-stakes encounter against Pakistan, where he managed to score 16 runs, showcased his unwavering resilience and determination to make a triumphant comeback.
The record previously held by the legendary South African cricketer, Hashim Amla, dated back to January 21, 2011, during a match against India at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Shubman Gill’s achievement now stands as a testament to his remarkable talent and dedication to the game.