Shubman Gill said of his double ton, "This is what dreams are made of."

Ishan Kishan, who Shubman Gill referred to as "one of my best buddies in the side" tonight, scored a double hundred not too long ago when he wasn't even a member of India's ODI squad. In addition to being a fantastic knock filled with power hitting, the innings gained some attention because it occurred before India's home World Cup. But at the beginning of the year, Gill made a comeback and won back the management's confidence, to the point that he was selected as the opener for the ODIs against Sri Lanka. After scoring a double hundred, Kishan was benched for the game due to the selection decision.

The record had previously belonged to Kishan, albeit for less than 40 days, until Gill's 208 off 149 balls against New Zealand in Hyderabad made him the youngest batter to make an ODI double hundred in senior men's cricket. Additionally, it was his second straight hundred.

Gill commented in regards to joining Kishan in the 200-club, "Yeah, it's wonderful. "He is one of my closest teammates, so getting to hang out with him is wonderful. When he reached his double hundred, which I witnessed, it was incredible."

Gill's six-hitting, a trait of his game that has frequently held him behind in the shortest format, was one of the highlights of his innings. But on this particular occasion, he played with exceptional fluidity and smashed nine sixes in total, three of which came off consecutive balls to give him the double ton.

I was excited to, you know, get outside and do what I wanted to do, said Gill. "There were other occasions when I wanted to unleash as the wickets fell. But I had my chance when we had three or four overs left and I wanted to practice hitting sixes, so I'm glad it worked out today."

After India lost a wicket, Gill hit a number of powerful shots. Was it a deliberate ploy? Yes, he replied. "You have to put the bowler under pressure occasionally when they are on top. Because it is simpler for them to produce more dot balls when they are not under any strain. So that was my strategy: just try to hit the space, hit it hard, and communicate my goal to the bowler as he or she tries to get on top of me.

"I wouldn't say that making the big shots gave me a particularly amazing sensation, but it does feel good when you're trying to do something—like making the gaps or the sixes—and it's working out frequently. There is undoubtedly some satisfaction in that."

When he smacked a few sixes off Blair Tickner in the 48th over, according to Gill, he first considered a double hundred. A few overs earlier, Shubman appeared to press a pause button, but instead, a full range of shots with the ball flying in various directions toward Uppal ensued.

"The game came closer than I anticipated, and I mean (the double ton) sunk in quite strongly when Bracewell started hitting those sixes, Shubham said with a smile. However, this is undoubtedly one of those things, you know. These things are the stuff of dreams."

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