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Watch: ‘I wasn’t satisfying my hopes in T20Is. Be that as it may, you gave me certainty’: Gill’s sincere directive for Hardik

Shubman Gill smashed an unbeaten 126 in the third T20I of the series against New Zealand, as India registered a 168-run win in Ahmedabad.

It was an exemplary performance from Team India’s star youngster Shubman Gill, as he remained unbeaten on 126 in the final T20I of the series against New Zealand on Wednesday. Thanks to his brilliant knock in the series decider, India clinched a mammoth 168-run victory in the match, attaining their highest-ever win by margin of runs in the format. India bowled the visitors out on merely 66 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, taking the series 2-1.

Shubman Gill was the star of the night as he smashed 12 fours and seven sixes en route to his 126*, which is also the highest score by an Indian in a T20I innings. However, it hadn’t been an easy start for Gill in the format; having made his T20I debut in India’s first match of the calendar year against Sri Lanka, the 23-year-old opener had only 76 runs to his name in five matches.

There were calls to replace Gill with the explosive Shubman Gill but Hardik Pandya, the Indian captain – who also leads Gill in Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Titans – kept his faith in the right-handed opener. Following the game, Gill thanked Pandya and the team management for backing him throughout the rough start.

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