In their top-four lineup for the second ODI against New Zealand on Saturday in Raipur, Team India will feature three double-centurion cricketers in Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Ishan Kishan, as well as Virat Kohli, who is only four centuries away from tying Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most ODI hundreds. Gill was the newest member of the exclusive group of Indian male cricketers to score a double century in an ODI, coming in at number five. The right-hander, who beat out his teammate Ishan Kishan, who had scored a double century last month against Bangladesh at the age of 24, became the youngest player in 50-over cricket to reach the milestone at age 23.

It’s interesting to note that Kishan was dropped just after his double hundred. Due to Gill being chosen ahead of him, the left-hander did not participate in India’s whole series against Sri Lanka. After KL Rahul was unable to play in the three-match series owing to personal obligations, Kishan was reinstated to the Indian XI for the opening ODI against New Zealand. The opportunity had a catch, however. As India continued to bat with the very effective opening pair of Rohit and Gill, Kishan was forced to bat in the middle order.

India once again got off to a fantastic start on Wednesday in Hyderabad, demonstrating that the correct choice had been made. While Gill almost single-handedly carried India to 349 for 8 after Rohit wasted another promising start by mistiming a pull shot from Blair Tickner, Gill produced one of his greatest innings in recent memory. In the end, Gill needed only 149 balls to score 208. His innings included 19 fours and 9 sixes.

Rohit and Ishan praised the young right-hander from Punjab after the game. The Indian skipper also welcomed him to the 200-club, which now includes five Indian male cricketers: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, and Ishan Kishan.

In a video posted by BCCI, Rohit remarked, “I would want to welcome you to the 200-club on behalf of myself and Ishan.”

The Indian captain then went to face Kishan and inquired as to why he had not been selected despite having scored a double century. The three Indian cricket players broke out in fits of laughter at Kishan’s rapid and brilliant response.

“Yar, apne 200 banake 3 match nahi khela, Ishan. (Ishan, you missed three games while having a 200 score), “said, Rohit.

Gill and Rohit were left speechless by Kishan’s response, “Brother, you are the captain,” which means “Bhaiyya captain toh aap ho.”

“But sikh milti hai theek hai sab cheez se. (It’s okay; you learn a lot from stuff like this.) “Ishan continued.

“What four numbers are you going to bat at? (Do you like to bat at No. 4?)” Rohit enquired.

It’s not like that, I genuinely enjoy it, Ishan said. “Bohut accha lagta hai, aisa kuch nahi hai.”