What happened to Shubman Gill? Why did he retire despite looking set for a century in World Cup semi vs NZ? Full details
Shubman Gill, who was batting on 79 off 65 balls, went down with cramps, following which he hobbled off the field and retired hurt during World Cup semi vs NZ.
After producing a dominant show throughout the World Cup, Team India has maintained a similar tempo in the ongoing semifinal encounter against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Rohit Sharma along with Shubman Gill gave India another explosive start after winning the toss and opting to bat first. The pair added 71 in 8.2 overs before Rohit fell against Tim Southee for 47(29). (Follow | India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup Semi-Final)
Virat Kohli then joined the proceedings and kept things moving along with Gill before Team India endured a major injury scare. Gill, who was batting on 79 off 65 balls, went down with cramps, following which he hobbled off the field and retired hurt.
Can Gill return to bat?
Yes. Gill is not out. He has just gone off the field for treatment. He can walk into bat at the fall of any wicket.
Who replaced Gill?
India's No.4, Shreyas Iyer replaced Gill and joined hands with Virat Kohli to take the Indian innings forward.
What happens if Gill can't bat in the semi-final?
In that case, India will play with 10 batters. An injury replacement for cramps is not allowed. Only a concussion injury allows a team to bring in a like-for-like replacement during a match.
Commanding show by Gill
If we look at Gill's innings, he was timing the ball sweetly and was onset towards a ton, which would have been his first in the tournament. He smacked eight 4s and three 6s during his stay in the middle.
Update on Gill's injury
Putting all doubts to rest, Gill came out to bat at the fall of Suryakumar Yadav's wicket and also added a run to his and India's total. He finished unbeaten on 80 off 66 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes.
Kohli slams record 50th century
Virat Kohli's larger-than-life persona grew even more when he chose the big occasion to conjure up a historic 50th ODI century, propelling India to a massive 397 for four. While India's two super stars in their own inimitable style flattened the New Zealand attack, Shreyas Iyer too rose to the occasion with a ruthless century in the big game, leaving the Kiwis gasping.
Kohli scaled the highest peak in ODI batting and was the centerpiece of India's domination with his third century of this World Cup, scoring 117 off 113 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He also became the highest run-getter in a single edition of World Cup, again surpassing the legendary Tendulkar (623 runs in 2003).
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