Shubman Gill (AFP Photo)HARARE: Talented India batter Shubman Gill said former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had told him to bat through once he is well set, an advice which paid off as he smashed his maiden ODI hundred during the third match against Zimbabwe here.
Gill on Monday slammed 130 off 97 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and one six to steer India to a 13-run win and a 3-0 series sweep against Zimbabwe.
His innings earned him accolades from several former players, including Yuvraj, who had taken to twitter to lavish praise on him.
From a maiden international 💯 & @YUVSTRONG12’s special message to #TeamIndia’s #ZIMvIND ODI series win. 👌👌Man of… https://t.co/xP64Zgdcyc
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1661254200000
"I just met him (Yuvraj) before coming to Zimbabwe and he just told me that you're batting well and just go there and when you're set, look to bat through," Gill said in a video uploaded by BCCI.
"I was telling him '100 nahi aa raha' (I'm not getting that hundred). And his reply was 'don't worry, it'll come'."
Gill, who was desperate to reach his first hundred after scoring 98 not out in the previous series against West Indies, became the third youngest Indian to score an ODI century abroad after Yuvraj and Virat Kohli.
Shubman Gill dedicates maiden ton to hard-to-please dad
NextShow Captions<p>Gill dedicated his maiden international ton to his father after getting “schooled” by him for missing the mark earlier.</p><p>The top-order batsman scored a match-winning 130 in the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare.</p><p>Gill’s ton secured India’s 3-0 ODI series sweep and he was also named player-of-the-series for the 245 runs he scored in 3 games.</p><p>”This one is for my dad as he has been my primary coach,” Gill said after India’s nervy 13-run victory.</p><p>”I got a bit of schooling day before yesterday when I was out on 33. So this is for him,” Gill said.</p><p>”My heart was beating when I got into the 90s. I had got out in the 90s thrice before and never got a hundred in international cricket.”</p><p>Gill hit 15 fours and a six in his knock and changed his bat after completing his fifty.</p><p>”I was just trying to minimise my dot-ball percentage. If you look at my innings, I didn’t try to hit the ball.”</p><p>”I just tried to time and tried to pick the gaps as much as possible,” Gill further said.</p>
"It was a good wicket to bat on, I got your company and luck was in my favour and it was important for me to make the most of the opportunity ad I am happy I did that," Gill, who was adjudged the Player of the Match, told Ishan Kishan during a chat.
Zimbabwe batter Sikandar Raza also produced a special innings of 115 off 95 balls to almost take his team to victory before Gill took a sensational catch in the deep as India emerged victorious by 13 runs.
"The game was pretty tight. We didn't expect the game to go this deep but this is what cricket is about," he said.
"When the ball went in the air, first I was thinking, 'ok, it's going to come to me at an easy pace'. But the ball was dipping and I was like 'it shouldn't fall down'. So I just dived to take the catch."