India will take on Australia in the final of the ICC Under 19 World Cup after the semifinalists comprising three teams from Asia were reduced to just one.
It was predicted to be the hottest summer day in Christchurch, with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees. He even termed Gill as the future of Indian cricket. But an India-Pakistan encounter was.
India will take on Australia in the final of the Under 19 World Cup.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat. “It was a pressure innings – had some nerves as it was against Pakistan”, Gill said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Rohail Nazir, who was the top-scorer for them with 18 runs kept running out of partners, and gave away his prized wicket to Riyan.
Manjot’s dismissal also came as a huge shock to India but Gill’s inspiring ton, which also marked his sixth consecutive fifty-plus total in U19 ODIs was enough to dampen their spirits. This made people comparing his batting style as that of Kohli. Just look for the loose balls and convert into boundaries. It was actually an on drive, a shot that many use as the yardstick in their definition of a good batter. With the team wobbling at 166 for 5, Gill collaborated with Anukul Roy to steady the innings. But as Aryan Juyal, India’s wicketkeeper, put it, when the national anthems go on: ‘Dil ki dhadkanein aur tez chalengi.’ (Hearts will beat a lot faster). Gill is batting with flair and flamboyance and stamping his authority in the tournament (scores of 63, 90*, 86, 102* during the tournament). He is the team’s leading scorer with 341 runs.
Now with the crore contract in the bag, Gill finally scored the century that eluded him.
Gill is a right-hand top-order batsman, and is also the vice-captain of India in 2018 Under-19 World Cup.
Abhishek: I’m pretty sure he knew it was coming. Pakistan struggled on the field as they consistently missed out on run outs and dropped catches.
The final will be played in Tauranga on February 3.