Shubman Gill Has Batted Well In These Conditions: Shikhar Dhawan

Hamilton: The second ODI between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain at Hamilton. When rain came down, the Indian scorecard read 89/1 in 12.5 overs with Shubman Gill (45*) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*) out in the middle.

The duo had put on an unbeaten partnership of 66 runs for the second wicket after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for three.

After the match, Indian skipper Dhawan said that he was delighted to see the batters play with intent.

“It [weather] is not in our control. You just have to wait. Cannot help it but now looking forward to the next game. The surface was very good. I thought that the surface would be seaming more, but it was very delightful to see all the batters play with intent,” said Dhawan.

Dhawan also praised youngsters Shubman Gill and Umran Malik for the maturity that they have shown.

“We wanted the sixth bowler to come in, so we brought Hooda in place of Samson. With Chahar, we wanted to try him and get one more swing bowler, who can trouble the batters. All the senior players are resting. It is already showing a bit of depth. We are quite confident about them. It is exciting that it makes me feel so young. It is just a good exposure to come in and play in New Zealand, and at the same time, they have been performing so well,” he said.

“Shubman has been batting so well in these conditions, and even Umran Malik in the last game. The transition and maturity they are carrying is good. As a team we are process-oriented and we make sure we show that on the field. We do the process right, things will come right for us.”

New Zealand beat India by seven wickets in the first ODI, and lead the three-match series 1-0. The final ODI will be played on November 30 at Christchurch.

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