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Sunil Gavaskar coins new nickname ‘Smoothman Gill’ for batting ace after impressive performance in 2nd ODI

India secured a comfortable eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second ODI at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, thanks to a stunning performance by the Indian bowlers in the first innings. The Kiwis were unable to handle the Indian pace attack and were bowled out for a below-par total of 109 runs.

The Indian batting lineup, led by skipper Rohit Sharma and young opener Shubman Gill, got off to a strong start in the chase. Despite Rohit’s dismissal after a brisk half-century, Gill anchored the innings with an unbeaten 40 off 53 deliveries, ensuring a smooth victory for the hosts.

Gill’s performance in the match caught the attention of former Indian opener and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who had high praise for the young batsman during a post-match interview. “I have given you a new nickname, ‘Smoothman Gill.’ I hope you don’t mind,” Gavaskar said to Gill, who was a bit embarrassed but happy to hear the compliment.

The 23-year-old batting ace has been in sensational form in white-ball cricket, becoming the youngest cricketer to reach 200 runs in an ODI during the series opener against the Kiwis. He also holds the record for the fastest Indian to reach 1000 ODI runs, beating the previous record held by Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. With his impressive performance, Gill may even get a chance in the upcoming red-ball series against Australia.