Indian opener Shubman Gill played a brilliant inning in the first One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against New Zealand on Wednesday, smashing a record-breaking double century to put his name in the annals of cricket. In the first ODI of the series against New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, opener Gill stamped his dominance and scored a spectacular double century, just days after Indian southpaw Ishan Kishan astonished the cricket community with a double tonne in Bangladesh.

Opening batsman Gill became the sixth Indian batter to get a personal score of 200 in the 50-over format as he tormented the New Zealand bowling attack in the first ODI. In ODI cricket, opener Gill (23y 132d) has surpassed teammate Kishan (24), becoming the game’s youngest batsman to hammer a double century. The exclusive group of double centurions is led by seasoned Indian opener Rohit and includes wicketkeeper-batter Kishan. The India captain was 26 years old when, in 2013, he beat Australia in Bengaluru and struck an exquisite double century.

It’s interesting to note that in-form batsman Gill overtook Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by recording the best ODI cricket score against New Zealand. Tendulkar, a legendary batsman, scored 186* against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999. In 2010, the legendary cricketer Tendulkar became the first man to record a double century in an ODI. Against South Africa in Gwalior, the former Indian captain scored an undefeated inning of 200* from 147 balls.

In 2011, Virender Sehwag, a great Indian opener, followed Tendulkar as the second Indian batter to get a double century. Sehwag defeated the West Indies with 219 points from 149 balls. The only hitter in the history of the 50-over format to record three double century is veteran opener Rohit. The record for the best individual score in ODI cricket belongs to Indian captain Rohit. The senior hitter, known as the Hitman, destroyed Sri Lanka in 2014 at the Eden Gardens, smashing 264 off 173 balls.

In the first ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday, Rohit finished with a score of 34 to rank second among Indian run scorers. Discussing the high-scoring match in more detail, Gill, Rohit’s companion in crime, slammed a hat-trick of sixes in Lockie Ferguson’s over to clinch his first double tonne at Hyderabad in a grand manner. Team India reached 349-8 in the 50-over match thanks to Gill’s record-breaking innings in the first game of the series.

In the same game, opener Gill also set a new record for India’s quickest hitter to 1,000 ODI runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, who accomplished the same mark in 24 innings for Team India, were surpassed by the 23-year-old. In his 19th ODI for the Asian giants, opener Gill accomplished the same feat. Gill, who has been called the next great thing in cricket, has represented India in 13 Tests, 19 ODIs, and 3 T20 Internationals. At Seddon Park in 2019, the Gujarat Titans (GT) standout made his international debut against New Zealand.