Opener Shubman Gill will be one of the rising young Indian talents to watch out for during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, a part of the IPL 2020, commentary panel has showed his faith in the KKR batsman. He wants the franchise to back the youngster and give him confidence.
Gavaskar said that if KKR show enough confidence in Gill and tell him that he is set to play every match, then he might unleash his best form. The little master also mentioned that everyone in the Indian folklore knows that Gill has the potential of becoming the next big star for Team India.
“If KKR show enough confidence in Shubman Gill and if you tell him that he will play every game and will open in every game, then he can show his potential. He has such class that if you ask any Indian cricketer who is the next star, everyone will say Shubman Gill. So this is a great opportunity for him to show why he can go on and become a big star for India,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.
“KKR certainly have the players and also have a potent bowling attack. This team can prove to be really dangerous and can will IPL 2020. Even in 2014, when the first leg of the tournament was played in the UAE, KKR went on to win the tournament.”
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.