The India Under-19 team won the World Cup, and one of their best players in the tournament was their middle-order batsman Shubman Gill.
Gill was in outstanding form, and almost single-handedly won the semi-final match against arch-rivals Pakistan for the Men in Blue.
Gill scored an unbeaten century in the semi-final clash against Pakistan to guide India to the final of the tournament and finished with 372 runs. Gill was the second highest run scorer in the tournament.
The right-handed batsman who hails from Punjab is one of the most promising batsmen in youth cricket. Since returning from New Zealand, Gill has not been to Punjab even once, as he joined the Punjab side in Bangalore in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Gill scored a hundred against Karnataka on Saturday continuing his good form.
Gill has not even met his mother, but his father has gone to Bangalore to meet him.
“It had been 45 days since I have met him. So I am excited. We will have a grand party after he comes home,” said Lakhwinder Gill.
Talking about his son’s love for the game, Lakhwinder added,
“He only played cricket since he was three-years-old. Kids of that age would play with toys. He never asked for such things. It was only bat and ball for him. He used to sleep with a bat and ball,”
Gill’s shot making has been compared to the Indian captain Virat Kohli but the youngster from Punjab says he never tries to copy Kohli. Shubman said,
“I do not really try to copy his (Kohli) shots. It comes when I try to find gaps. When you see things, it gets into your muscle memory,”
Gill who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for 1.8 crores felt the time difference helped them beat the stress of IPL auction in New Zealand,
“We were not really stressed. At that time, sir (Dravid) wanted us to focus only on the World Cup. That is what we all did. The time difference also helped us. The auction was around 12-1 in the morning. So we were all sleeping.”
Sharing his experience of winning the World Cup and also spoke about his future endeavours, Gill added,
“That (U-19 win) was a great feeling. It cannot be described in words. I hope I will continue making my country proud.”
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