Up-and-coming India batsman Shubman Gill continued his tremendous form as he smashed a quick double century for India ‘A’ against West Indies ‘A’ in the third unofficial Test at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.
Gill smashed an unbeaten 204 off just 248 balls with 19 fours and two sixes in the second innings to help the Indians declare at 365-4 and set a target of 373 on day three of the match.
Gill walked in at 14-2 after the visitors had gained a slender seven-run first-innings lead and joined hands with captain Hanuma Vihari (118*) to put the Indians ahead.
The 19-year-old thus became the youngest Indian ever to score a first-class double century outside India.
Gill’s form raises more questions about the thinking process behind his exclusion from the senior team currently touring the Windies. The 19-year-old was not picked for any of the three formats while out-of-form players and those who have already had many chances were selected.
Gill’s last four scores before his double ton were 40 (first class) and 69, 77, 62 (List A). He has been scoring heavily in the domestic circuit and with India ‘A’. He earned his India ODI call-up earlier in the year but failed twice in seaming conditions in New Zealand.
Gill’s exclusion surprised many, including former captain Sourav Ganguly. Gill is considered one of the finest batting talents to emerge from India in a long time with many expecting him to cement a top-order slot in all three formats this year.
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