IND vs NZ: "I Sent A Message To A Couple Of People Which Was Quite Controversial At The Time In That Under-19 World Cup" - Simon Doull Heaps Praise On Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Credits: Twitter)

India will take on New Zealand in the third one-day international at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday, November 30. The Kiwis took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after chasing down the target in the first ODI with 17 balls to spare.

The second one-day international was abandoned due to rain after 12.5 overs; Team India had scored 89/1 when the match was called off. Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten 45 off 42 balls, including four boundaries and a brilliant six, and it was his second good knock after a half-century in the first ODI.

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Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Pic Credits: Twitter.

I Have Been A Big Fan Of Him Since The Under-19 World Cup – Simon Doull

While reviewing the game on Prime Video, former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull said that he has been a fan of Shubman Gill since the under-19 World Cup. Doull praised the youngster for his outstanding form, but said that it would be difficult for him to cement the opening spot for Team India.

“I have been a big fan of his since the under-19 World Cup here in New Zealand. I sent a message to a couple of people and I said that Shubman Gill is a better player than Prithvi Shaw, which was quite controversial at the time in that under-19 World Cup, but I have really loved seeing the development of Shubman over the last couple of years,” said Doull.

Simon Doull
Simon Doull. (Photo: Twitter)

“It’s a tough position to cement. There are so many good players that are looking to open the batting for India and so many good options.

“I really like Shubman Gill. With the breakthrough at the IPL earlier this year, it was probably his best season, he just looked a little more comfortable, I think now he is feeling like he belongs at this level a little bit more,” he added.

Doull highlighted the Indian opener’s technique and ability to play fast bowlers well, which should hold him in good stead.

He said, “The feet move beautifully. Some of these shots down the ground are exceptional. The one thing that he does do very well is that he plays the short ball and the quick bowling very well. He is comfortable with that and I think that’s going to be one of the keys for him moving forward.”

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