Upcoming Indian cricketer Shubman Gill has been gauged by many as the next big thing in the country. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the ones who hold him in high esteem. Indian captain Virat Kohli also felt that he wasn’t even ten per cent of Shubman Gill is when he saw him in the nets as a 19-year old. In an interview with IANS, the Punjab-born batsman delineated how Kohli motivates the youngsters.
Across all formats, Shubman Gill has established himself as a star, who is knocking hard on the selectors’ doors. In 21 first-class matches, he has 2133 runs at 73.55 with a high score of 73.55. Across 57 List A fixtures, the 20-year old has accumulated 2280 runs at 45.60. Gill isn’t much behind in T20s either, averaging 33.78 in 37 games. As far as his international career is concerned, he has played only two ODIs, managing 16 runs.
As a youngster, Shubhman Gill wishes to express himself on the field and is grateful for Virat Kohli, who holds the same belief. Gill believes that it is a massive plus point to have a leader, who encourages his players to play fearlessly. When interacted with Kohli, Gill revealed that he advises him to concentrate on consistency.
“Yes, it’s definitely an advantage when your captain wants you to go all in and there is no pressure. You won’t feel that there is one per cent of your game that would be left when you are on the field so it’s always good for the young players when the captain backs you. I have interacted with him a couple of times. He just tells me to keep doing stuff that I am already doing and to have consistency on the field. Consistency is an important factor.”
“I don’t feel any pressure when one compliments me or if someone is critical: Shubman Gill
When Shubman Gill recently gave Rohit Sharma his birthday wishes, the 33-year old responded by saying “Thanks Future.” When asked if that is the point, which leads to an added pressure, the youngster told that he remains indifferent. The Punjab batsman went on to add that he doesn’t take any pressure at being complimented or criticised.
“Yes, it always feels good when someone like Rohit Sharma says that. I don’t feel any added pressure because that’s how I am. I don’t feel any pressure when one compliments me or if someone is critical.”