Virat Kohli back from vacation, calls record-breaker Shubman Gill ‘Sitara’, says ‘future is here’ | Cricket News
Virat (122* vs Afghanistan) held the record for the highest score in a T20I match by an Indian batter before this. Gill on Wednesday broke the India batting stalwart’s record after smashing 126 not out, his maiden century in T20Is.
Virat took to Instagram stories and shared his photo with Gill and wrote: “Sitara. The future is here”.
Gill was adjudged Man of the Match for his spectacular show that handed India a 2-1 series win in the T20I series.
“It feels good when you practice and it pays off. I was backing myself to score big. Didn’t happen in the Sri Lanka series, but happy to see it work out now. Everybody has a different technique to hit sixes,” Gill said at the post-match presentation.
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“Hardik bhai told me to play my game, not do anything extra and he kept backing me. When you represent your country, there is no fatigue. It was my dream to play for India, and I am very fortunate to be part of the team in all three formats,” he said.
Gill also became just the fifth Indian male batter to score centuries in all three formats. The other four in this list are – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina.
India’s next assignment will now be the four-match Test series against Australia at home, which begins on Feb 9. After the Test series, India and Australia are scheduled to play three-match ODI series.
India have announced their squad for the first two Tests and Gill is part of the team.
Virat and Anushka meanwhile returned from their vacation and were spotted at the airport. Virat, Anushka and their daughter Vamika had gone on a trekking holiday to the mountains.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma (TOI Photo)
They also stopped outside the Mumbai airport for photos.