Shubman Gill Becomes the Youngest to Score a First-class Double Hundred

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Shubman Gill (Image source: India today)

Prodigal teenager Shubman Gill has become the youngest batsman to score a first class double hundred.

He broke Gautam Gambhir’s 17 year old record.

At just 19 years and 334 days of age, Gill scored an unbeaten 204. Gbhir had scored a double ton for Board President XI in 2002 at the age of 20 years 124 days.

Gill was representing India A against West Indies A at the Brian Lara stadiom in Trinidad. He was involved in an unbeaten 315 run stand with Hanuma Vihari, who scored 118 runs.

Having been asked to bat first, India A were bowled out for 201 in the first innings with Shubman Gill gone for a golden duck. But Krishnappa Gowtham’s six wicket haul helped India A bowl West Indies A for 194. The Indians once again, found themselves in deep troupe with the scoreboard reading 50 for 4. But the 19 year old Gill, along with Hanuma Vihari made sure that no more wickets fell at least for 315 more runs, when India A declared at 365 for 5, setting West Indies A a target of 373.

Gill’s innings of 204 runs came off just 250 balls with 19 fours and two sixes.

The teenage sensation has been in excellent form in domestic cricket, and also expressed his disappointment  over not being selected in any of the squads for the ongoing India tour of West Indies.

He has been given opportunity in 2 ODIs so far, and looks like he would given a lot more. He played the IPL 2019, representing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), giving good returns. Gill scored 499 runs in 27 IPL matches so far at a strike rate of 132.

Gill is rated highly by many former cricketers and cricket experts, and it shouldn’t be long before he is given a good run with the Indian national team.

He boasts an average of 75 in First Class career, though it is still early days. His List A career average also looks good at 47.

He is now set to captain India blue in the Duleep Trophy after the squads were recently announced.

Gill first came to limelight in the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2018, where he was the man of the tournament for his 372 runs at an outstanding average of 124, which included a match winning century in the semi-finals against Pakistan