Kevin Pietersen is the latest entrant in the steadily increasing list of fans of the 21-year-old batsman from Punjab.
The former English captain took to his official Twitter account where he wrote-
”I really like, Gill. He is some player”
Shubman Gill has taken giant strides in such a short career at the International level. Gill has had a fairytale start to his Test career in which he has not only shown his obvious skills as a top-quality batsman but also his unflappable temperament and mental resolve.
I really like, Gill. He is some player.
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) February 8, 2021
Having made his debut by replacing his former U-19 teammate Prithvi Shaw against Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Shubman Gill showed remarkable composure in his very first innings against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood on what was a difficult surface to bat on.
He weathered the storm and showed remarkable calmness at the crease even as the likes of Starc dished out thunderbolts. He might have scored just 45 runs in his debut innings but the kind of strokes he played amid intense pressure, none better than his trademark backfoot punch and straight-drive, were enough indications of the fact that India has found a gem in the 21-year-old.
Shubman Gill finally notched up his maiden Test half-century in the following Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground but his best innings came during that historic run-chase of 328 at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The former U-19 World Cup-winner once again displayed his precocious skills and steely temperament to score an outstanding 91. The real hallmark of that innings by Shubman Gill was the manner in which he counter-attacked against Mitchell Starc’s short-pitch ploy. He might have missed out on a well-deserved hundred but the platform that he set alongside Cheteshwar Pujara was enough for Rishabh Pant and co to capitalize and script one of India’s greatest-ever Test wins.
Gill looked in imperious touch in the first innings of the ongoing Test in Chennai before he threw it away with a poor shot. He is still at the crease during India’s run-chase of 420 and the home side will hope that the talented opener converts his start into a real big knock on the fifth day.