When Shubman Gill was preferred over India’s most recent double-centurion team-mate Ishan Kishan in the three-match One Day International series against Sri Lanka, there were obviously sympathies for the latter… but really, there should have been an assurance around this decision.
If you were feeling that it was the right call, it would have been largely because the player who was preferred instead was Gill. He had the numbers to back it up over a longer period of time.
And so, when Gill ended up as the second-highest run-getter in that series, finishing with 207 runs in 3 innings, the management could heave a sigh of relief, knowing that at least this decision need not be pondered over too much.
Come the first ODI against New Zealand and a stiffer challenge against the No 1 ranked ODI side, a much more intimidating bowling attack, Gill came into his own even further. Kishan had become the youngest male cricketer to score an ODI double-century not four matches ago, and Gill broke that record on Wednesday. The competition in the dressing room was, indeed, healthy.
The most interesting aspect about this competition is the difference in…