Shubman Gill equals Babar Azam’s record during fourth ODI ton | INDvsNZ

Team India opener Shubman Gill during his 112 runs knock in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand at Indore on Tuesday. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India opener Shubman Gill is going through a purple patch. The cricketer from Punjab scored his second ODI ton in the three-match series against New Zealand to equal a rare record set by Pakistan’s Babar Azam against West Indies in 2016.

Gill made 112 runs off just 78 balls in Indore on Tuesday, bringing up his fourth ODI ton and the second of the series. Earlier in the series in Hyderabad, the opener had smashed a 208 to become the fifth Indian to get to an ODI double hundred.

With the latest knock, Gill took his tally of runs in the bilateral series to 360, having made 40 in the second ODI of the series.The tally of runs is the joint-most recorded by any batter in a bilateral ODI series of three matches or lower.

 In 2016, Babar Azam also made 360 runs during the series against West Indies, registering three hundreds in three matches. 

Gill has had a terrific start to his ODI career, racking up 1254 runs in 21 matches at an average of 73.76 and a strike rate of 109.80. And the youngster completed 1000 runs earlier in the series in his 19th ODI innings, becoming the fastest Indian and the second-fastest global to the landmark.