India trounced Zimbabwe with a convincing 10-wicket win on Thursday in the first One-Day International of the three-match series. After bowling out the hosts for 189, India achieved the target in 30.5 overs, with the openers Shubman Gill (82*) and Shikhar Dhawan (81*) continuing to bat without being stopped. In his first international cricket match in more over six months, Deepak Chahar took three wickets, while Prasidh Krishna and spinner Axar Patel both registered three dismissals.

KL Rahul also rejoined the team after a lengthy injury absence. Rahul, who had been the Indian team’s opener for a while, was shifted to the middle of the order to make place for Gill, a young player who has lately delivered outstanding performances in the position. The young athlete continued his impressive exploits in Zimbabwe after being named the game’s player of the match during the team’s most recent ODI series against the West Indies.

After Gill’s performance against Zimbabwe, Salman Butt, a former captain of Pakistan who often complimented Gill for his batting abilities, showered the young man with adulation and even compared him to Australian legends Damien Martyn and Mark Waugh.

Power striking is a popular subject of discourse these days. Power-hitters predominate in discussions between athletes and those in positions of authority. At this stage, a player like Shubman Gill joins the game. Shubman Gill is a great ball timer and uses conventional cricket strokes. There are just a select few players in the world that still play that manner, and Babar is one of them. According to Butt on his official YouTube channel, the rest of the gang has moved to power-hitting.

I think about people like Damien Martyn and Mark Waugh when I think of Shubman Gill. They took part in touch sports. He doesn’t seem to strike the ball very hard. Just a little brush. He is a superb cricketer. I like seeing him bat. The former Pakistani captain said, “When I saw him bat for the first time in Test cricket, I had prophesied straight away that he is going to be a key player.

The second ODI of the series will be played in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.