Shubman Gill has showed his brilliance and continues to grow in his game. All of 21, Gill has emerged as a fine talent and proved himself against some of the finest bowlers. Gill, a part of the KKR squad, has notched up the scores of 47 and unbeaten 70 in the previous two matches for the side and former India cricketer Madan Lal is mighty impressed with him.
Madal Lal mentioned that the KKR franchise have three exciting talents in their ranks in form of Gill, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. He mentioned that Gill has not been able to score big for KKR as he has not got good support from the other. Lal, however, mentioned that the Punjab batsman is a long-term prospect and there will be a lot of good things to hear about him in future.
“Kolkata Knight Riders have two-three very exciting youngsters in their team – Shubman Gill, Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. Shubman Gill has not been able to make the big runs because he does not have a good opener along with him,” Madan Lal told Sports Tak.
“I was noticing that when Shubman Gill was batting he was playing drives against Jofra Archer, who was bowling at 150 kph, off the front foot. Normally batsmen go on the back foot when they face fast bowling.
“It shows that he is definitely a long-term prospect. I feel we will hear a lot about him in the coming days and the Indian team is going to get a very good player,” Madan Lal further opined.
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.