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Wasn’t Thinking About 200 Initially: Gill After Double Ton Against NZ

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Hyderabad (Telangana): Following his match-winning double century in the first ODI against New Zealand, rising India batter Shubman Gill said he was not thinking of scoring a double century initially but the sixes he hit in the 47th over made him feel that he could score one.

A top-class bowling effort from Mohammed Siraj outweighed Michael Bracewell’s heroic ton and a threatening partnership with Mitchell Santner, as India overcame a late onslaught from these two all-rounders to clinch a 12-run win over New Zealand in the first of the three-match series against the Kiwis at Hyderabad on Wednesday.

“I was waiting eagerly to go out and do what I want to do. With wickets falling, at times, I wanted to unleash. I am glad I could do it in the end. Sometimes when the bowlers are on top, you need to put the pressure back on them. The idea was to avoid dot balls, show some intent and hit hard into the gaps. That is what I focused on doing,” said Gill during the post-match presentation.

“Was not really thinking of a double century, but once I hit sixes in the 47th over, I did feel that I could get there. Before that, I was playing the ball on merit. 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 want to do something special and everything you try comes off. It (double ton) has sunk in pretty well. However, the game turned out to be much closer than we anticipated,” said Gill.

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