Last Update on: June 6th, 2023 at 07:04 pm
India’s renowned cricketer, Virat Kohli, has opened up about his relationship with emerging star Shubman Gill and expressed his confidence in Gill’s potential to shine in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship Final against Australia.
Over the past year, Gill has made a mark across all formats of the game, displaying remarkable performances. He made headlines by smashing a double-century in an ODI against New Zealand earlier this year, followed by an impressive Indian Premier League campaign where he scored three centuries and amassed 890 runs.
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Virat Kohli, who has taken Gill under his wing since his entry into the national team, is proud of the progress the 23-year-old opener has made. Kohli commended Gill’s eagerness to learn and his exceptional skills, considering his young age.
Speaking to the ICC, Virat Kohli said, “He (Gill) speaks to me a lot about the game, is very keen to learn and has an amazing skill set at his age. He has got an amazing ability and a temperament to perform at the highest level, and we have a relationship and understanding based on respect.”
“I am keen to help him grow and really understand his potential and come into his own so that he can play for a long time and perform consistently and India cricket gets benefited.”
Despite having already scored two centuries in 15 Test matches, Gill is yet to fully showcase his capabilities with the red ball. However, Kohli firmly believes that Gill will soon start delivering consistent performances, and he anticipates that the ICC World Test Championship Final against Australia at The Oval could be the platform for Gill to excel.
These Tags Of King And Prince…: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli expressed his eagerness to support Gill’s growth as a cricketer and to help him tap into his immense potential. He emphasized the importance of guiding and mentoring young players to ensure they have long and successful careers, benefitting Indian cricket as a whole.
While recognizing the public fascination with tags like “king” and “prince,” Kohli stressed that his role as a senior player is to impart his knowledge and experience to the younger generation. He expressed confidence in Gill’s determination to learn and succeed at the highest level of the sport.
“These tags of king and prince and all of that kind of thing are great for the public and spectators to see, but I think the job of any senior player is to help improve the youngsters and give them the insight you have had throughout your career. As long as a guy is keen to learn like him he is going to be fine as he wants to learn how to do this for a long time at the highest level and perform consistently.”
Virat Kohli concluded by praising Gill’s character, referring to him as a “lovely kid” and acknowledging his exceptional performances. He expressed his wishes for Gill to continue his impressive form in the upcoming Test match.
“He is a lovely kid and he is playing amazingly well and I wish he continues the same in this Test match. The way he is batting at the moment, I don’t think he needs any advice. He is a batter who likes to bat and likes to spend a lot of time in the middle.”
Virat Kohli’s insights into his relationship with Shubman Gill highlight the mentorship and support provided by senior players to nurture young talents like Gill. With Kohli’s guidance and confidence, Gill is poised to make a significant impact in the crucial World Test Championship Final.