Shubman Gill’s career has taken a huge turn in the last one month. A few weeks ago, Gill was just one of the youngsters who was dreaming of leaving a mark in the recently-concluded Under-19 World Cup. But at the moment, the 18-year old is one of the most sought-after youngsters in the country. Gill was one of the top performers in the tournament.
He scored four consecutive 50-plus scores in the tournament, including a match-winning century in the semi-final against Pakistan. While the focus was firmly on Prithvi Shaw, it was Gill who almost single-handedly carried India’s batting in the tournament. Even his 31-run knock in the final was one of the most attractive knocks in the tournament. His exceptional exploits helped him bag the Player-of-the-Series award for aggregating 372 runs in six matches.
He was duly rewarded for his performance in the World Cup. Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for a whopping price in this year’s Indian Premier League auction.
Gill’s brilliant stroke-play has drawn widespread comparisons with none other than India captain Virat Kohli. Well, one can now understand the uncanny resemblance between his and Kohli’s game, as the youngster revealed he idolises the India skipper. He also made it clear he does not deserve comparison with Kohli at the moment.
“He is my idol. Cricketers of this generation really look up to him and want to be like him. I too emulate him for his skills and fitness. I have a long way to go, and I should not be compared to him. It would be great to play under him one day,” Gill told Hindustan Times.
Multi-crore IPL deal:
At just 18, Gill has bagged a deal which many players only dream off. The Knight Riders bought him for a whopping amount of Rs 1.8 crore. However, Gill is not getting carried away by all the money and is looking forward to playing in the IPL.
“I was sleeping when the auction was going on in India. When I woke up, my Whatsapp was flooded with texts about it. I was taken by surprise. KKR are one of my favourite teams. My father handles my finances, so I am not thinking about the money part yet. But yes, playing in IPL would be big for me,” he said.
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