Indian young opener Shubman Gill has opened up on the first time he met Virat Kohli. Shubman Gill had been a promising player for a long time; however, he recently made his Test debut, a year after his first appearance in ODI cricket. The right-handed batsman has heaped praises on Virat Kohli, who he states has been an idol to him.
Shubman Gill arguably remains one of the promising players for the future as he has showcased maturity at an early age. After his exploits in the domestic circuit, Gill has performed admirably well in the international arena. In the ongoing ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, the youngster made 28 off 64 balls in tough batting conditions, helping India build an opening stand of 62.
As for Virat Kohli, the 32-year old has established himself as one of the greats of the game. Virat Kohli is the backbone of India’s batting line-up across formats and played some of the best innings in crucial games for India in recent years. Apart from being one of the best batsmen across three versions in the current era, Kohli is also an influential captain.
It’s so inspiring to be with someone like Virat Kohli: Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill, who interacted with Virat Kohli for the first time in 2016, said that the Indian captain has been his idol since he started playing cricket. The Punjab-born batsman stated that one learns about the game as they grow up and what it’s like to play at a professional level. Hence, Gill always looked up to Kohli and meeting him was a special moment for him.
“It’s so inspiring to be with someone like Virat Kohli and he’s been my idol since when I started playing cricket. Obviously, when you are a kid you don’t know much about it (cricket), you just want to play it for the fun of it but as you start playing you learn more about the challenges and a lot more about the game [itself]. And he’s someone I have always looked up to. This was the first time I met him in Mumbai, so it was a pretty big moment for me,” Gill said in a video uploaded by ICC.