Shubman Gill
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Last Update on: October 2nd, 2023 at 01:31 pm

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes that the young opener Shubman Gill will be a standout performer in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 at home. Aakash Chopra predicted that Gill would score at least two centuries in the marquee tournament.

Shubman Gill boasts an impressive record for India in the 50-over format, amassing 1917 runs in 35 matches at an impressive average of 66.10 and a strike rate of 102.84. The right-handed batter has recorded six centuries and nine half-centuries in his brief career.

This Tournament Could Be Shubman Gill’s – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra emphasized Shubman Gill‘s ability to counter left-arm spin, which appeared to be a weakness in the past.

“This tournament could be Shubman Gill’s. In all fairness, the tournament will belong to the top three batters. The good ones will make a lot of records. Shubman Gill will score a lot of runs,” Chopra said.

“I feel he will score at least two hundreds; I won’t be surprised if he hits three as well. One of them could be a daddy hundred if he doesn’t get tired. Gill is a quality player and this World Cup could be his,” he added.

“At one point of time, it seemed like he gets stuck against left-arm spin. But he showed he can take that on as well during his last hundred in the Asia Cup. It was his best ODI knock in my opinion.”

Mohammad Rizwan Is A Very Effective Player – Aakash Chopra

The 46-year-old believes that Pakistani wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan will be among the top scorers in the showpiece tournament. Chopra emphasized that Rizwan could play a crucial role in controlling the game during the middle overs.

“Mohammad Rizwan is an interesting one. He is a very effective player and plays spin very well. His best comes in the powerplay when he opens in T20s,” he further added.

“But Pakistan need a good batter at No. 4 [in ODIs]. I think Pakistan will be competitive in the World Cup and Rizwan could have a big role to play in it. He will control the game in the middle overs and I feel he will have a good World Cup.”

Mohammad Rizwan scored 1693 runs in 65 ODIs at an average of 36.8 and a strike rate of 88.59. wicketkeeper-batter has scored 1060 runs in 29 innings at an average of 44.17 while batting at No. 4. He scored his last century in the 50-over format in 2019.

Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.