As the Indian U-19 team qualified for quarter-finals in the ongoing U-19 World Cup in New Zealand, Indian vice-captain Shubhman Gill, pulled all stops to win the last group stage match against Zimbabwe. Gill scored a phenomenal 90 runs off just 59 balls and guided the team to the next level while batting alongside wicket-keeper Harvik Desai (56).
Gill hit thirteen boundaries and a six and played with a strike rate of 152.54. Throughout his stint at the crease, Gill played some mind-blowing shots, but one of them left viewers stunned. In the 14th over of the game, the right-handed batsman hit Nkosilathi Nungu for a six over mid-wicket with a short-arm jab. This particular shot is usually played by Indian captain Virat Kohli. He played that shot last year against England in an ODI game.
Here’s the video:
Virat Kohli invents short-arm jab & Shubman Gill reproduces it https://t.co/XA2iSUdbsk
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With some of more power hitting by Gill and Desai, the Indian colts managed an easy win over Zimbabwe and ended being the table topper in their group. India U-19 team is one of three teams (including New Zealand and England) to have all the matches of their group.
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In the first match played against Australia, India won the game by 100 runs while in the next two games against Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, India won by 10 wickets. Indian skipper Prithvi Shaw scored half-centuries in both the games and is currently the highest run-scorer from the Indian camp.
As India enters quarterfinal, they are scheduled to play Bangladesh U-19 on January 26 at the Queenstown Events Centre in Queenstown. Bangladesh holds the second position in Group C with two wins and a loss.