After missing out on the first match, Shubman Gill played a match-winning knock against SunRisers Hyderabad to guide KKR to a comfortable victory. Their is a lot expected from the young talent and he has already started delivering for the side. His innings led to an interesting observation from ex-New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull.
Doull said that Gill timed his innings superbly while chasing 143 runs against SRH. He also said that there was maturity in his innings. The Kiwi commentator believes that with the way Gill has performed over the course of time, he could well lead an IPL team in the coming years.
“It was a perfect score for Shubman to get into this tournament. He didn’t score much in the first match. He needed a score to get started and when you are chasing only 143, you could play your natural game. It will hold him in good stead moving forward. In the match against SRH, he timed the innings superbly. He needed to be there and show the maturity that he can bat through and win for his team,” Doull said during an interview with Cricbuzz.
“I think Eoin Morgan had the best ally on the other end in Shubman. So, the experience and calm nature of Morgan was supported well by the youthful exuberance of Shubman. He kept his head in place and I think it was a very very fine innings,” he added.
“I won’t be surprised if we see him leading an IPL side two years down the line at the ripe age of 22-23. I think he should spend a lot of time with Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan and pick their brains. He also has Brendon McCullum, one of the most innovative captains in the last 7-9 years. I think he can learn a lot if he is around these guys,” Doull observed.
Gill did not make as much waves as a certain Prithvi Shaw did. Nor was he backed as much. But his performance in the U-19 World Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL) did all the talking. In the lucrative tournament, Gill proved he can be better utilised as an opener than a middle-order batsman, he is solid at the top, watches the ball closely, maturing by the day and can get the team off to a good start.
Gill, however, is still to prove himself for the national team. In the couple of chances he got, the top-order batsman failed to get going. He is only 20, and would need some time to settle in. But he has surely shown in prowess for India A. Earlier in February this year, Gill hit a double century, one century and a solitary half-century against New Zealand A.
Gill averages 73.75 in first-class cricket. He has hit 2133 runs from 21 matches, laced with seven centuries and 10 half-centuries. The Punjab batsman has the highest score of 268 runs in the format.