Former Team India skipper, Sourav Ganguly has been very impressed with India’s teenage prodigy Shubhman Gill that he has called him a resemblance of the former Windies legend Brian Lara and the current New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
Ganguly said Gill is the best player in the U-19 team and the way he plays the shots and remains balanced at the crease shows the class which he possesses at such a young age.
“I feel he is the best player in this team. He is a bit like Brian Lara and Kane Williamson,” Ganguly was quoted as saying India Today.
Gill was a prolific run-scorer in the recently concluded U-19 World and received more attention than even his skipper Prithvi Shaw. He is believed to be the next batting sensation for India. Gill scored the fifties in three matches while he smashed a match-winning century in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Gill began with a 63 in the opening clash against Australia, followed it up with an unbeaten 90 and 86 against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He failed in the final as southpaw Manjot Kalra grabbed his opportunity and smashed a sensational century to help India win their 4th U-19 World Cup title.
Gill who was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Auctions thanked his coach Rahul Dravid for his rapid rise.
“He always tells me don’t hit the ball in the air and play along the ground,” Gill stated after India defeated Pakistan in the Semi-final. He was adjudged the Player of the Match for his exceptional knock.
“I actually feel Shubman Gill is a better player than Prithvi Shaw,” Ganguly said.
Speaking on Ishan Porel who bagged four wickets in the Semi-final clash Ganguly said,
“Even Ishan Porel, who plays for Bengal, created havoc with the new ball. He was injured at the start of the tournament and couldn’t play for a week. It’s great to see him back, get fit and come and bowl so well. They are special these kids.”
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