Shivani Shukla ∙ Aug 10 2022, 12:01 PM

I don't care about what people are saying: Shubman Gill on his strike rate


Indian opener Shubman Gill has recently opened up on his scoring rate and brushed aside all criticism regarding his slow strike rate in the white ball format. 

The right-handed batter was adjudged the player of the series for his consistent performances across all three ODIs against the West Indies. 

The 22-year-old, who got a promising start on all three occasions, ended up the series as the leading run-scorer, having plundered 205 runs at an average of 102.50. 

Coincidentally, his strike rate was also 102.50, which came under scrutiny, especially in the third ODI wherein he was forced to leave the field on his career-best unbeaten 98 after rain curtailed the number of overs.

What Gill had to say 

“I feel questions will always be raised, but I don’t care about what people are saying as long as I’m able to contribute to my team’s success, and as long as I am doing what my team management and my captain expect of me," 

image-l6njyz8oShubman Gill | PC: Twitter

“I’m pretty satisfied, but having said that, I wasn’t very happy with the way I got out in the first couple of matches."

“Nonetheless, it was a really good experience for me overall to score those runs in the Caribbean. And yeah, getting those opportunities, too, was helpful.” 

Gill's unfortunate dismissals

The 22-year-old was dismissed via run-out in the first ODI on 64 while he agonised a soft dismissal in the second game, falling just seven runs short of a half-century. 

However, in the final and third ODI, Gill showed nerves of steel and played with more responsibility, approaching his maiden ODI century before rain spoiled the inning.

Future endeavours for the young gun

Gill is currently gearing up for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, starting from August 18 in Harare. Team India will play a total of three One Day Internationals against Zimbabwe before the focus shifts to Asia Cup 2022. 

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