Indian opener Shubman Gill is setting a remarkable streak of records in international cricket this year. After becoming the fastest Indian batsman to score six ODI centuries, Shubman is on the verge of breaking another prestigious record, previously held by Hashim Amla for many years.
The 24-year-old right-handed batsman’s career has taken off in spectacular fashion, as he inches closer to surpassing Babar Azam for the top spot in the ICC ODI player rankings. Gill has displayed exceptional skill since his iconic innings of 91 against Australia at the Gabba, a match that set the stage for India’s historic victory.
Currently in the prime of his career, the young sensation is actively participating in all formats for the Indian team. Gill is poised to be a potent weapon for Rohit Sharma in the upcoming World Cup on home soil.
Back in 2011, Hashim Amla shattered Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas’s record by becoming the fastest to reach 2000 ODI runs against India. The veteran Proteas batsman achieved this milestone in just 40 innings and 2 years, 318 days, setting a formidable benchmark.
Now, the emerging star, Shubman Gill, is all set to surpass Hashim Amla’s milestone. He needs only 83 runs in his next five innings to break Amla’s record. Currently, Shubman has amassed 1917 runs in 35 ODI innings.
Hashim Amla reigned over ODI cricket for more than a decade, consistently achieving milestones by becoming the fastest to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 runs. Numerous players came close to breaking Amla’s records, but none succeeded.
Even the current top ODI batsman, Babar Azam, attempted to break Amla’s remarkable record but took five more innings to reach the 2000-run mark. Not only Babar Azam, but Zaheer Abbas and Kevin Pietersen also achieved 2000 runs in 45 innings.
Given Shubman’s exceptional form, it appears he will easily break the record for the fastest 2000 runs. The Indian batsman is poised to reach this milestone during the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2023, which is just around the corner.