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  1. A few years ago, Shubman Gill was being looked upon as a budding batsman who could potentially realise his dreams of playing for the Indian cricket team. And, by the time India clinched the 2018 U-19 World Cup trophy, Gill, who was eventually adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament', was hailed as a key ingredient to his team's success in the tournament. Upon his success in the U-19 World Cup, many wondered if he had the temperament of repeating his heroics while playing with proven masters of the game. But, Gill, since then, continues to dish out one brilliant performance after another, bolstering his case for selection in the national team. © Twitter/@IPL From turning heads in the Indian Premier League (IPL), earning a national call-up to raking in runs on the domestic circuit, the 20-year-old, in the past year or so, remains one of the most consistent performers in Indian cricket. His consistency in batting and the temperament of a proven batsman has allowed him to capture the imagination of cricket fans. When will @KKRiders make @RealShubmanGill the captain ? #AskSrk â Vivek Subramaniam (@viveks1996) January 22, 2020 And, that's probably why a cricket fan ended up asking Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan as to when his franchise will make the young Gill the captain of their team. "When will @KKRiders make @RealShubmanGill the captain?," the fan asked on Twitter. As soon as KKR makes you the Head Coach my friend. https://t.co/1SSCwWLS8E â Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 22, 2020 The Bollywood superstar has been vocal about his admiration for Gill in the past, but he came up with a witty response to the query of the fan in his recent interaction, a candid Q&A, on Twitter. Responding to the question in his own uncanny manner, 'King Khan' wrote: "As soon as KKR makes you the Head Coach my friend". As soon as Shah Rukh posted his response, netizens began sharing their own views on the hilarious banter between the Bollywood actor and the poor fan. #SavageReplies ??@Bazmccullum #AskSRK pic.twitter.com/UeDgmSSgCq â KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 22, 2020 ?????? Congrats bhai u r going to become head coach of kkr â ???? Dhoni07?????? (@armylenovo) January 22, 2020 Congratulations bro ?????? â tikendraa jit (@iamTikendraajit) January 22, 2020 Haha â Proud_indian (@Proudin15683854) January 23, 2020 Par bouncer toh apne mara hai Shah Rukh...woh bhi itna ooncha ke ball gaya toh gaya aur wapas hi nahi aaya?? Kamal karte ho yaar ap bhi. You are too good. Bade mazaaki ho?? pic.twitter.com/t3QvRf6oac â ? S?a? K? B??? ? ?? ?????? ? (@JacyKhan) January 22, 2020 Brutal ?? â review (@bittupajero) January 22, 2020 View the full article
  2. During the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, under the tutelage of coach Rahul Dravid, a youngster stood out in the tournament and grabbed everyone's attention on the back of his brilliant batting skills. Slamming a match-winning hundred and three fifties, Shubman Gill amassed 221 runs to be rightly adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament'. Following his masterclass in India's successful campaign in the U-19 World Cup, young Gill revealed how he looked up to Virat Kohli and learnt the tools of the trade after watching his batting videos for countless hours. Since then, pundits and fans have been busy drooling over the similarities between the two batsmen. Just like Kohli, Gill is a right-handed batsman who boasts of almost every single shot that has been found in the Indian captain's armoury over the years. Both the cricketers love batting at the No. 3 position. And, just like Kohli, Gill has been shattering one record after another in domestic cricket. © BCCL There is so much potential on display by young Gill that he is now been looked upon as a future star who could be a key ingredient to India's success in international cricket in the years to come. But, Gill, in his bid to replicate the success of Kohli, appears to be making the same mistake his idol made early in his career: losing his patience and eventually his cool. For a youngster who has enjoyed the limelight for his clinical batting display in recent times, Gill produced a rare moment of madness during Punjab's ongoing Ranji Trophy clash against Delhi at the IS Bindra stadium in Chandigarh. Generally known for his calm and composed demeanour, Gill didn't just lose his cool but also reportedly ended up abusing the on-field umpire on 3rd January. Huge controversy here in Mohali. Shubman Gill was given caught behind but he is not moving anywhere. And the decision has been overturned — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 According to a TOI journalist, who is believed to be have witnessed the turn of events at the stadium, narrated the whole incident in a series of tweets. The scribe claimed that Gill was ruled out by on-field umpire Mohammed Rafi (who was making his umpiring debut), but rather than walking off the field, the youngster stood his ground and looked unimpressed with the decision. The umpire was Mohammed Rafi not Paschim Pathak. Sorry for the inconvenience. https://t.co/zKz4X0XTSs — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 In his tweets, the journalist also quoted Delhi captain Nitish Rana as saying: "Gill walked down to umpire Rafi and abused him". Following which, the umpire, after consultation with other on-field umpire Paschim Pathak, overturned his decision to further extend Gill's stay at the crease. Delhi camp is fuming. They are not bowling. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Delhi team is walking off the ground. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Irked by Gill's unwarranted intervention to overturn umpire's decision, Delhi skipper Rana and his teammates decided to walk off the field in protest of the turn of events. The play was halted for a while before the match referee's intervention saw the cricketers returning to the field. The match has been re-started after the intervention of match referee. — Pratyush Raj (@pratyush_RajTOI) January 3, 2020 Punjab opener Gill, once again, returned to the crease but couldn't make the most of the opportunity before falling prey to Simarjeet Singh who got him caught behind the stumps by wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat for a mere 23 runs. A quickfire knock of 65 runs by Gurkeerat Singh saw Punjab posting 127/3 at lunch, but Gill's theatrics on the field undeniably earned him flak on social media. The young gun is one of the most promising talents in the country and, still, has a long way to go when it comes to carrying the baton for India in national colours in international cricket. And, for someone who idolises Kohli, Gill should take a leaf out of the Indian captain's playbook and work on his temperament to avoid such incidents. All his potential and talent wouldn't mean anything if Gill is not able to respect the game and show some maturity - something Kohli has mastered in the latter part of his career. View the full article
  3. Not more than a year ago, Shubman Gill was being looked upon as a budding batsman who could potentially realise his dreams of playing for the Indian cricket team. But, by the time India clinched the 2018 U-19 World Cup trophy, Gill, who was eventually adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament', was hailed as a key ingredient to his team's success in the tournament. Upon his success in the U-19 World Cup, many wondered if he had the temperament of repeating his heroics while playing with proven masters of the game. But, Gill, since then, continues to dish out one brilliant performance after another, bolstering his case for selection in the national team. © Twitter/@BCCI From turning heads in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to raking in runs on the domestic circuit, the 20-year-old, in the past year or so, remains one of the most consistent performers in Indian cricket. His artistry willow earned him the honour of leading the India C side in the recently-concluded Deodhar Trophy. Tasked to lead India C, Gill led from the front in the first match, slamming a sensational 142-ball 143 - his highest List A score - to power his side to a formidable total of 366 against India A. Coming out to bat with Mayank Agarwal (120), Gill set the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on fire with an absolute carnage of an innings which was laced with 10 fours and six sixes, eventually paving way for their massive 232-run triumph. After his blazing knock saw him earning plaudits from pundits and fans alike, Gill, then, went on to etch his name in the history for another feat. Leading India C in the 47th Deodhar Trophy final against India B, Gill entered the record books as the youngest skipper to lead a side in the tournament's final. Shubman Gill is the youngest-known captain in Deodhar Trophy finals. He is just 20 years, 57 days old. #DeodharTrophy pic.twitter.com/5iufYxQAO4 — Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) November 4, 2019 The Punjab-born cricketer broke Indian skipper Virat Kohli's record which stood tall for 10 years. Kohli, who also happens to be Gill's idol, had led North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy final when he was 21-years-old and 124 days old in the 2009/10 season. While surpassing his role model would have surely left him elated, but Gill could not make the occasion more special by scoring big runs. The India C skipper was dismissed by Mohammad Siraj for just one run as his team succumbed to a 51-run defeat as a collective effort by Kedar Jadhav and Shahbaz Nadeem saw India B lifting the trophy. © BCCL But, despite tasting defeat in the summit clash, Gill's ominous form in the recent past should lift his mood. The youngster had a productive series against South Africa A, slamming 187 runs in two first-class matches. He was also included in the Team India squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa. But, while Kohli & co romped to a 3-0 series triumph, Gill couldn't get a game. Despite struggling to find opportunities in a star-studded Team India brigade, Gill's performances, more recently in Deodhar Trophy, should strengthen his case for the national team's squad as selectors gear up to take their pick for the ICC World T20 in Australia next year. View the full article
  4. It was in 2018 when the batting genius of young Shubman Gill came to the fore. As the Indian U-19 side romped their way to the World Cup title, the influence of pragmatic coach Rahul Dravid, leadership skills of Prithvi Shaw and consistent batting performances of Gill were all labelled as potential reasons for the favourable outcome. Gill had smashed a match-winning hundred and three fifties - amassing 221 runs - to be rightly adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament'. It was his feat in the U-19 World Cup that didn't just impress the cricket bigwigs but also saw him bagging a Rs 1.80-crore payout from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the 2018 Auction. He eventually earned his ODI debut during the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series between India and New Zealand earlier this year. Even if he couldn't make a mark immediately in the two ODIs he played, Gill continues to improve himself in a bid to become a regular face in the Indian cricket team. © BCCL While finding a place in the star-studded Indian team is quite a task for any budding cricketer, Shubman appears to be following the right method of bolstering his case. The Punjab-born cricketer has one of the most consistent performers in domestic cricket this year. And, his artistry with the willow has also been on display on overseas A tours. Earlier this year, the right-hander top-scored for India A during the tour of West Indies where he also became the youngest Indian to score a first-class double hundred that eventually earned him the 'Man of the Series' award. More recently, he led India A in the unofficial Tests against South Africa A, scoring 90 and 92 respectively. © BCCL Owing to his spectacular performances with the willow, Gill eventually earned him a spot in the Indian squad against the touring South African brigade in the recently-concluded Test series. But, the young gun failed to make the cut for India's playing XI. While it has surely left the youngster disappointed, it has been a script of Shubman's rise over the years. The fact that he is so close to sealing a berth in the Indian team and yet so far, appears to have motivated him to put a stronger performance in domestic cricket. And, the ongoing Deodhar Trophy is witnessing something similar. Shubman Gill's Classy 143 https://t.co/SSwRO2SjMn — Abhay (@AbhaySharma_1) November 1, 2019 Tasked to lead India C, Gill led from the front slamming a sensational 142-ball 143 to power his side to a formidable total of 366 against India A. Coming out to bat with Mayank Agarwal (120), Gill set the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on fire with an absolute carnage of an innings which was laced with 10 fours and six sixes. In what turned out to be a strokeful knock, Gill also stitched a 226-run opening partnership with Agarwal who also appeared to be in a class of his own. The duo took the India A bowling attack, which included the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, JaydevUnadkat and Siddharth Kaul, to the cleaners to ensure there was no dip in their run-rate. Shubman Gill smashes a hundred in the Deodhar Trophy. #DeodharTrophy (Photo Source: Hotstar) pic.twitter.com/6jXEYD3iRT — venkysplace (@venkysplace) November 1, 2019 Gill's batting masterclass eventually came to an end in the 47th over when his mistimed slog off Ashwin went straight down the throat Vishnu Vinod at deep midwicket. The India C captain's knock came to an end at 143 runs, but, by then, the damage was done. As Gill walked back into the hut, his team was set for a massive total and he, himself, had recorded his highest individual score in List A cricket, surpassing his previous best of 123* in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last year. Thanks to Gill's captain's knock, Suryakumar Yadav's 29-ball 72 and a seven-wicket haul from JalajSaxena, India C romped to a massive 232-run triumph in their opening match. But, it was Gill who garnered the limelight for his masterful innings yet again and bolstered his case for Team India selection, especially when the selectors are looking to build a strong squad for the ICC World T20 in Australia next year. View the full article
  5. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill continues to make his presence felt with consistent performances with the willow. His superlative knock against Delhi Capitals on 12th April was pivotal in propelling Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a competitive total. And, even if KKR ended up losing the game by seven wickets, young Gill was undeniably one of the silver linings. But, for a young batsman who thrives and has, time and again, proved his worth at the top order, Gill was demoted as lowly as the No. 7 slot during Kolkata's clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 14th April. With Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine returning at the top, Gill was pushed down the order with the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell all batting above him. On a day, where their batsmen failed to come to the party (barring Lynn who scored 82), Gill's mistreatment at the hands of KKR management irked their former player Manoj Tiwary who minced no words during his rant on social media. Is #ShubmanGill playing dis match ?? Oh now I understand tomorrow is d World Cup selection ð¤ Who says it's a team game ?? Sometimes it's quite obvious to d eyes ð #KKRvCSK — MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 14 April 2019 Taking to Twitter, Tiwary, who has played for KKR, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant in previous editions of the IPL, slammed his former employers by saying: "Is #ShubmanGill playing dis match?? Oh now I understand tomorrow is d World Cup selection ð¤ Who says it's a team game?? Sometimes it's quite obvious to d eyes". Wen someone has played a classy innings of 65 runs in d previous game, than I as a cricket fan want that player to play higher up d order especially wen d team has lost a game. It's about providing d platform 4 our domestic players to bat higher order ahead of overseas players — MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 14 April 2019 "Wen someone has played a classy innings of 65 runs in d previous game, than I as a cricket fan want that player to play higher up d order especially wen d team has lost a game. It's about providing d platform 4 our domestic players to bat higher order ahead of overseas players," his next tweet read. What would be the strategy in sending an in-form batsman so low and not using his potential to the fullest? #Gill — Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) 14 April 2019 Tiwary wasn't the only one who felt that way. Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha also voiced his displeasure at Gill's demotion down the order. Following Lynn's solo effort of 51-ball 82, Kolkata managed to reach a total of 161 runs and knew they needed a good bowling performance to defend the mediocre target. But, for a team that appears to be in blistering form this season, Chennai didn't really need to break a sweat as they chased down the total with five wickets and two deliveries to spare - thanks to an unbeaten 58 by Suresh Raina.
  6. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill had garnered all the limelight with a potential debut on cards in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand on 31st January. For someone who boasts of 1,089 runs in nine first-class games and another 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches, Shubman understandably came highly recommended. Virat Kohli had already lauded the youngster, claiming that he was not even 10 per cent of the kind of player Gill is when he was 19. Then, the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar, too, sang Gill's praise and stressed on the importance of his debut for India. Early on Thursday, Shubman finally realised his dream of featuring in the senior team after he was handed his cap by MS Dhoni, becoming the 227th player to represent India in ODI cricket. But, the day Shubman must've been dreaming of as a kid, soon turned into a nightmare as the youngster was sent back into the hut for a mere nine runs. Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni ðð #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZq — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 21/1, the 19-year-old got a chance to partner Rohit Sharma in a bid to stabilise the innings. With Trent Boult breathing fire with his swing bowling, Shubman was a mere spectator as Rohit, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik got dismissed one after another at the other end. While the right-hander, himself, became the next victim of Boult, his stay at the crease for 21 balls was nervy, but still gave a glimpse of his capabilities. The first six balls he faced, didn't yield a single run. But, the application of the young batsman made it good to watch. There were solid defences, played with confidence. And, a beautiful cover drive that went straight to the fielder. Rather than getting frustrated with the dot balls, Shubman showed great maturity in waiting for the right delivery to strike. And, he finally opened his account with a wristy clip off the toes through square leg for a boundary - his first runs in international cricket. On the very next ball, the right-hander, once again, showed great presence of mind as he pushed the drive with soft hands in a bid to keep the ball along the ground. AP The 10th over saw Shubman getting struck on the helmet on Boult's fiery bouncer. But, the youngster didn't lose his composure and carried on like a pro. His stint was eventually cut short when he played a length ball on the up, sending it straight into the hands of Boult who claimed his third scalp of the game. While some thought that the youngster wasted an opportunity, others gave him the benefit of the doubt and backed him to come good in future. But, how did young Shubman really fare on his debut? Let's put things into perspective. Despite scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, the debutant, in his shot selection and approach to the game, showed signs of maturity and confidence. But, is that enough? Well, we tried to compare Shubman's ODI debut with his idol Kohli and there was not much difference. The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaoh — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Just like Shubman, Kohli had a triumphant run in the 2008 U-19 World Cup when he was fast-tracked into the Indian team. The same year, he was handed his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and asked to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir when Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match. With Chaminda Vaas sending Gambhir back into the pavilion on the second delivery of the match, Kohli was watchful in his approach and began really slow. In fact, he had scored 12 runs off 21 balls he faced till the seventh over. The Delhi lad was finally dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara after being wrapped on the pads in front of the stumps. And, his ODI debut came to an end at a score of 12 runs off 22 balls. Kohli's maiden outing in ODI cricket was not really different than Shubman. Both the cricketers played their shots and approached with caution against a fire-breathing left-armer. Despite their mediocre debut scores, both Shubman and Kohli, with their sensible approach, showed they belong to the big stage. Both of them played goo-looking shots and held his own against a dangerous bowling attack in conditions which aided seamers. AP Giving perspective to Gill's outing, Gavaskar made a fair point. "Well, for whatever little time he was there, he was a little bit tense, nervous. That's understandable because he is playing for the country for the first time. Even then, when Boult was swinging the ball, he was able to get in line, yes...he was hit by the short ball as well. I think this guy's got a future, you have got to be patient with him," Gavaskar told Star Sports. Gill, in his brief debut, showed that he has a great technique (something a batting sensation like Kohli approves of). On a surface that had plenty of bounce, the young gun had the ability to punch the ball off the backfoot. It was also great to see him picking up the length nicely. And, just like Kohli, it looks like this youngster has got a lot of time to play his shots and a bright future going forward.
  7. In 2018, the Indian U-19 side created history after winning the ICC World Cup for a record fourth time. The influence of pragmatic coach Rahul Dravid was being hailed as one of the reasons behind their historic triumph. But, at the heart of it all, it was the performances of young Indian cricketers who all stepped up in dire situations to aid their side. While Prithvi Shaw garnered plaudits for his leadership skills, young seamers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi were touted as the next big things after they were seen crossing the 150kmph barrier on regular occasions in the tournament. But, apart from them, there was one batting prodigy - Shubman Gill - whose majestic strokeplay and commendable temperament left former cricketers and fans in awe. The right-hander smashed a match-winning hundred and three fifties - amassing 321 runs - to be rightly adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament'. His batting display impressed the cricket bigwigs so much that he evenly bagged a staggering Rs 1.80-crore payout from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auctions last season. © BCCL Shubman, along with his teammates, continues to be hailed as the next big superstars of Indian cricket. But, while Shaw was seen making a fantastic debut, young Shubman was left to ply his trade in domestic cricket. The fierce competition in the Indian team has often denied opportunities to many cricketers in the past. Thus, there was no surprise to see Shubman waiting for his chance to rumble with the big boys. After consistently proving his mettle in the domestic circuit, where he slammed a 328-ball 268 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy earlier this season, the Punjab batsman, finally, has an opportunity to make a mark in the senior team when Team India locks horns with New Zealand in the fourth ODI on 31st January. Having already sealed the five-match ODI series 3-0, the Indian cricket team opted for numerous changes in a bid to give some star players rest and try out youngsters for the remaining two games. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, the vacant No. 3 spot gives a perfect opportunity to a player like Shubman to showcase his talent in front of the cricket bigwigs. © BCCL For a person who idolises Kohli, the 19-year-old looks like a shadow of his role model with the willow in his hands. A right-hander like Kohli, Shubman has great hand-eye coordination that helps him to time the ball to perfection. His ability to finds gaps, play the big shots and rotate the strike are all Kohli-esque. And, just like the Indian captain, Shubman thrives in the No. 3 position for his team. The youngster has already developed a great understanding of the game and possess the ability to pace his innings according to the match situations - something that reflects in his tally of 1,089 runs in 9 first-class games and 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches. While negating New Zealand's senior cricketers will surely be no joke, Shubman, on the back of his showing so far, seems capable of carrying that weight on his young shoulders. “Well because the No. 3 spot is vacant, I would want to give Shubman Gill a game, give him a couple of games and see how he fares. If he gets to bat, you will get a fair idea how he is taking to international cricket,” Sunil Gavaskar backed the youngster while talking to India Today. © BCCL On the other hand, Kohli, himself, after the 3rd ODI, showered praise and backed the capabilities of Gill to come good on his debut. “I think there are some outstanding talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab the opportunity with both hands. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 per cent of that when I was 19,” Kohli had said. “So, that's the confidence that they carry and it's great for Indian cricket, the standard keeps going up and the guys coming in can make those impact performances straightaway. And, we are more than happy to give them chances and provide them with the space to grow,” he further added. Apart from Gavaskar and Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, too, placed his bet on Shubman to come good. "I think they should play Shubman Gill. He certainly deserves a chance in the team. He should play the rest of the series. Who knows, India might get another good player for the World Cup," Ganguly told India TV. Carrying high hopes and expectations on his young shoulders, Shubman will be eager to make his mark in the senior team and, maybe, play a decisive role in helping India claim a 4-0 lead - the biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand.
  8. The Indian cricket team, recently, has been churning out some really fresh talent. It all started with selecting Prithvi Shaw for the England tour, and then Mayank Agarwal was called up in the middle of the Australian tour. And now, here comes another young prodigy, Shubman Gill, who will join the Men in Blue for the New Zealand tour. It all came as a surprise to the 19-year-old youngster, who got the news late at night and straight away rushed to his father, Lakhwinder Singh, to share the same. Going for a practice session the next day, it was totally a different ball game for the rookie, as he couldn't believe that he would be sharing the dressing room with the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. © Instagram Both Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill have been added to the squad as replacements for the suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. While Vijay was expected to earn his maiden ODI call-up sooner than later, Gill's came as a surprise. He surely has proven his worth by scoring for India A on numerous occasions in 2018/19 but still, making it to the Indian National Team, and that too this soon, was something even he wouldn't have expected. From Kolkata Knight Riders to India A, to Ranji Trophy, this young star has grabbed every single opportunity on his way to glory. Scoring an impressive 1,089 runs in just 9 Ranji matches this year, he has given the critics a run for their money. And as destiny serves its best, there could be no better place for him to make his debut than in New Zealand. Performing well in the Under 19 World Cup, followed by the India A tour, both of which were in New Zealand, he has had a cumulative total of 434 runs (including a century against Pakistan in the Semi-Final) in mere eight matches with an average of 54.25, which proves that this lion can surely roar in the Kiwis' paradise. © Instagram “It is a big advantage (to be picked for the New Zealand tour). I played well there in the U-19 World Cup and now again I have got the opportunity. As I have done well there, I can say that there isn't much adjustment needed in the technique. If I get an opportunity, I will have just need to handle the pressure that comes with playing for India. Mentally, it will be different for sure but I am ready,” Gill told PTI on Sunday after getting the news of his life, late last night. Now, with the opportunity being provided to him on a silver platter, let's hope that the young Shubman Gill capitalizes on this chance of a lifetime.
  9. With 372 runs, including a blistering hundred and three fifties - comprised of 40 fours and two sixes, there's little doubt that Shubman Gill deserved the Player of the Tournament award for being the second-highest run-scorer in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. The marauding right-hander was undeniably one of the finds of the tournament and played a pivotal role in India's fourth U-19 World Cup title win. For a young cricketer who is already being compared to sensational Virat Kohli, Shubman's recruitment by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 1.8 crore was another feather in the cap for the young gun. BCCL And, on Saturday, the 18-year-old was finally handed his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut as Kolkata geared up to lock horns with in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad at the hallowed Eden Gardens. While his inclusion in KKR's playing XI surely got his family and fans excited, but scoring just three runs, the youngster looked far from the marauding stroke-maker who had captured our imagination. However, as much as you'd like to blame Gill, it was actually Kolkata's doing that cut a sorry figure for the budding right-hander in the match. For a batsman who has revelled batting in the top order, Kolkata's decision to push Gill down at the No. 7 slot potentially robbed him off a chance to prove his mettle. BCCI Asked to bat, Kolkata's decision to shuffle their batting order proved costly. Promoting Robin Uthappa to open the innings backfired big time as the hosts lost their first wicket in the third over the match. While Sunil Narine had been doing a pretty good job at the top, his demotion to the No. 4 spot saw him struggle to find the timing before eventually been dismissed for just nine runs. With KKR reeling at 87/4, captain Dinesh Karthik was looking for someone to partner him in a bid to rebuild their innings when swashbuckling Andre Russell walked out in the middle. The duo could only add nine runs before Billy Stanlake sent the big West Indian back into the pavilion. BCCI At 96/5, the home side was in all sorts of trouble when young Gill was finally sent to the crease. The right-hander tried to negate the skills of Rashid Khan and Stanlake before finally succumbing to the deceiving variation of none other than Indian seam sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar. An IPL debut that was being closely-watched by pundits, fans and Team India management turned out to be an absolute nightmare which only got us wondering what if Gill was sent higher up the order and probably in a position where he has proved his mettle. The unnecessary changes to their order eventually proved to be a noticeable thorn in Kolkata's batting display as they bundled out for a paltry score of 138 runs. And, the fans wasted no time in expressing their displeasure at Kolkata's tactical errors in the match. KKR have wasted Narine and Gill with a fucked up batting order today. Russell wasted himself by going too big, too early. That's three batsmen down for an inconsistent side against a very good batting and fielding group. #IPL2018 — Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) April 14, 2018 DK made a gamble of Shubam Gill's batting position should have sent him at number four when Chris Lynn was at the other end smh ð #KKRvSRH — Choda Writes â (@ImoRoflme) April 14, 2018 #KKRvSRH Bad decision to send Narine at 4 and Gill at 7 . Gill belongs to top order list and Narine belongs to the category of Pinch hitter and is effective when the field is inside the circle. #PatheticDecision — Sudip Lodh (@lodh979) April 14, 2018 Don't you dare judge Gill on this game. Just don't. #IPL — Naeemah (@NaeemahBenjamin) April 14, 2018 I don't quite like this: young Gill batting at No: 7 on his IPL debut. If he plays, he belongs at the top of the order. — Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) April 14, 2018 Sending a bowler at No. 4 position and sending Shubman Gill on No. 7 is sheer stupidity. KKR's management and the captain has certainly lost their mind. #KKRvSRH — Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) April 14, 2018 Pls dont judge Mavi & Gill on the basis of today's performance, KKR ruined it for them. Otherwise both could have tasted the success like Markande had in his 1st match. #IPL2018 — Monica (@monicas004) April 14, 2018 Mavi doesnt get to bowl, Gill doesn't get to bat.. DK isn't showing faith in these youngsters — Abhishek ð®ð³ #408 #KKR ð (@ImAbhishek7_) April 14, 2018 Shubhman Gill ko late utara batting pe wid pressure.. S Mavi ko ab Tak bowling nai mili Nai samjh aaraha Kya chal raha hai @KKRiders #KKRvSRH — Drishtant Mishra (@iamdrishtant) April 14, 2018 Really pissed off with KKR's handling of Mavi n Gill tonight — aмιÑeÑн (@_amiteshSingh) April 14, 2018 What's the point in playing Shubham Gill and Shivam mavi if you don't have confidence in them. It's like playing with 9 players. — S!d (@Vora_siddharth) April 14, 2018
  10. With 372 runs, including a blistering hundred and three fifties - comprised of 40 fours and two sixes, there's little doubt that Shubman Gill deserved the Player of the Tournament award for being the second-highest run-scorer in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. The marauding right-hander was undeniably one of the finds of the tournament and played a pivotal role in India's fourth U-19 World Cup title win. For a young cricketer who is already being compared to sensational Virat Kohli, Shubman's recruitment by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 1.8 crore didn't come as a surprise. © BCCL However, many raised questions over Shubman's ability to emulate his U-19 success while playing with the big boys. While the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is still a few months away, the 18-year-old cricketer fired warning shots towards his critics and naysayers with a brilliant outing in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. India's U-19 star smashed an unbeaten 123 off 122 balls to power Punjab to an imposing 269-run total against Karnataka in Bengaluru. His innings - which included eight fours and six sixes - played a crucial role as Karnataka eventually fell short in their run-chase by a mere four runs. © BCCL After deciding to bat first, Punjab got off to a bad start losing their opener Manan Vohra on the very first delivery of the game. But, despite losing his opening partner, Shubman showed great temperament and character to steady the innings for Punjab. On the back of a great batting display, young Shubman stitched a 125-run partnership for the second wicket with Mandeep Singh (64). However, Karnataka got a much-needed breakthrough via Vinay Kumar who struck again to send Mandeep back to the hut. Yuvraj gave adequate support to Shubman in their 78-run stand before being dismissed by T Pradeep in the 34th over. But, despite the wickets tumbling at the other end, Shubman didn't lose his grip on the game as he romped to his second List A hundred. © BCCL In reply, Karnataka found some solace in KL Rahul's fourth List A hundred. The Indian opener scored a 91-ball 107 to keep his side in the contest. Pavan Deshpande also played a good knock of 52 runs, but, in the end, Karnataka failed to weather the storm before being restricted to 265/8 in 42 overs. In the bowling department, Punjab was aided by the brilliance of Siddarth Kaul who took three wickets and Barinder Sran who claimed two scalps in the match. But, if there was anyone who impressed all, it was undeniably young Shubman whose batting masterclass once again took centrestage. © BCCL While many find it difficult to match the proven and more experienced stars, Shubman didn't just overshadow the likes of Yuvi and Rahul, but he did so on the back of a blistering hundred which eventually propelled Punjab to their second win in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. For a young gun who took the U-19 World Cup by storm, Shubman's recent exploits has not only established his reputation as one of the most exciting talents in the country, but it also proves that this kid is ready to rumble with the big boys.
  11. "Bas ho gaya? Kar liya? Maar liya chhakka?" - These are the words Shubman Gill was generally greeted with, every time his father saw him getting dismissed in a cricket match. A cursory glance at the scoreboard would tell his sister the way he got dismissed before her typical taunts in Punjabi took centre stage. But, on the 30th of January, neither those comments, nor the taunts mattered as the 18-year-old didn't just remain unbeaten, but, in the process, also notched up a match-winning hundred to propel the India under-19 cricket team into the ICC World Cup final. A masterful innings of 102 runs off 94 deliveries was decorated with seven boundaries before it steamrolled Pakistan out of the tournament. © Twitter/cricketworldcup Gill was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match for his heroics and also earned plaudits from every corner of the country. While those who saw Gill bat or read about his brilliant innings in the semi-finals for the first time might have been surprised by his wide array of strokes, but for those who've kept tabs on the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup, the right-hander sweeping top honours won't come as a surprise. Hagley Oval roared when Shubman Gill reached his ð¯! #PAKvIND #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/T7QozxFhBd — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 30, 2018 He began the tournament with a splendid knock of 63 runs against Australia where India romped to a 100-run win. In the next game against Papua New Guinea, he didn't get to bat as his teammates Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra got India over the line with 10 wickets in hand. Sent to open the innings against Zimbabwe, Shubman smashed an unbeaten 90 including 14 fours and a noticeable Virat Kohli-esque short arm jab for six to pave way for another Team India win. SPECIAL: @imVkohli invents short-arm jab & Shubman Gill reproduces it at #U19CWC Here's the comparison of the unique shot -https://t.co/0PsVpk1lvR pic.twitter.com/3QfzQIBTue — BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2018 His artistry with the willow continued in the quarterfinals where he scored a 94-ball 86 to propel India into the semi-finals. And, in the wee hours today, Pakistan bore the full brunt of Shubman's willow during his superlative hundred. Thanks to his blazing run, the young cricketer from Punjab is currently the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 341 runs to his name. He also converted his record sixth fifty-plus score in Youth ODIs into a brilliant back-to-the-wall century for India. Watch the top shots from Shubman Gill's super 102* - will it turn out to be a match-winning century? â¶ï¸ https://t.co/oOQQdKGUdR#PAKvIND #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/KFUZEk833u — ICC (@ICC) January 30, 2018 And, that's not all. Forget his numbers at the U-19 level for India - an average of over 100 in 11 games, Shubman can't recall failing for three innings in a row. Ever. His records are formidable, feats unbelievable. But, the big question is - how on earth did he evolve into such a marauding run-machine at a tender age? Coming from a family of landlords, failure was never an option for Shubman who began his cricketing journey at the age of 4. © Twitter/cricketworldcup It all started with a father throwing the ball at his son in a village called Chak Kherewala near Jalalabad in the Fazilka district of Punjab. Impressed by his son's ability to hit the ball, Shubman's father came upon an innovative plan where he deployed his farmhands - 18 to 20-year-olds - to throw the ball at his son with a cash reward of Rs 100 for anyone who could get him out. Top Inn by our own lad #shubmanGill in U-19 India vs Pakistan World Cup semi final..so proud of you..keep going guys.. Cup Jeet kar aana hai.. All the best for the finals #Rahuldravidððð one more game guys ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 30, 2018 Standing tall in his large veranda, Shubman batted for long durations. With time, the boy gained strength and gathered enough skill to negate his father's farmhands for almost three to four hours a day. While people migrate to bigger towns and cities for various everyday reasons, for the Gills, it was the cricketing future of their son. After toiling for three years with the tennis ball in his veranda, Shubman's baptism by the leather ball happened after his family moved to Jalalabad. With more systematic training at school, the youngster began honing his skills. But, realising the district was too small for the aspirations of his son, Shubman's father travelled to Chandigarh, found an academy opposite Mohali stadium, rented a house at walking distance and moved his family again. © BCCL With his family doing everything they could for his dreams, it was time for Shubman to repay their faith with his hardwork. And, that's exactly what the youngster did. At the age of 8, the boy would wake up at 3:30 am, get ready for two hours of practice from 4, attend school, return in the afternoon for more cricket under the supervision of his dad before joining the evening session at the academy. Led by the heroics of this young #FutureStar, Shubman Gill, India will play their 6th final of the @ICC #U19CWC. He was a class apart today! Brilliant 100 and two outstanding catches. Well done ðð» #IndvPak @cricketworldcup pic.twitter.com/hyaBAQCzAJ — Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) January 30, 2018 Despite his relentless training and commendable support from his family, the realms of cricket were still far from Shubman. But, good things happen to people who are ready to work hard. In Shubman's case, it seemed so. While he was anonymously working out at the small academy opposite to Mohali's PCA stadium, former India pacer Karsan Ghavri held a bowling camp for talented seamers where he needed kids to bat against his bowlers. And, that's when young Shubman came into picture. What a 100 from Shubman Gill.Played with a lot of maturity and responsibility.272 is a good score. Now the onus is on the bowlers. #IndvPak #under19worldcup — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 30, 2018 Putting up a brave fight to Ghavri's seamers, Shubman managed to impress the former Indian cricketer with his batting prowess. Ghavri was so impressed that he asked the youngster to come and bat every day. A relationship developed, between a mentor and a willing boy, and valuable career-shaping lessons were learnt. © Twitter/cricketworldcup Shubman began facing bowlers much older to him and perfected his technique including the blissful pull shot. The Ghavri stint allowed the youngster to dream on and aim higher. In 2014, he smacked 351 in Punjab's Inter-District Under-16 tournament, and shared a record opening stand of 587 with Nirmal Singh. Top knock #ShubmanGill great batting brother ðð®ð³ðªloved the temperament of yours !! #under19worldcup #indpak19 @ICC pic.twitter.com/cTxxoZQNAs — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 30, 2018 On his Under-16 state debut for Punjab, he amassed an unbeaten double-century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Later that year, he went on to share the stage with his idol Virat Kohli while receiving a BCCI award for the best junior cricketer, which he won for two successive years: 2013-14 and 2014-15. Shubman Gill has set a new record for the most consecutive 50+ scores in U19 ODIs! ð#howzstat #PAKvIND #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/R57OZcTVYi — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 30, 2018 After being picked for the national U-19 side, he amassed 351 runs in four innings to be named the Man of the Series during the Youth ODI series at home against England. In the reciprocal tour, his first in English conditions, he top-scored once more, with 278 runs in four innings. Not so surprisingly, India swept both series © Twitter/cricketworldcup A boy whose wicket was priced at Rs 100 at the age of five, has undeniably come a long way to realise his dreams of playing for India. His passion for cricket and relentless pursuit for forging his own path also saw him bag a Rs 1.80-crore payout from Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions. And, while breaking into the senior team might still take some doing, it's safe to say that this young gun is destined for bigger and greater things in future.
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