India and Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Shubman Gill has delivered compelling performances as several former cricketers have adjudged him as the future. After shining in the domestic circuit and for the Kolkata Knight Riders, the selectors fast-tracked him to the national team. But only a few people knew that the right-handed batsman used to bowl reasonably frequently previously.
Shubman Gill emerged as a bright prospect for the Indian team through his incredible performances in Australia in Tests by mustering 259 in three Tests at above 50. But the 21-year old could hardly do so against England at home recently as he scored only one half-century in four Tests, averaging 19.83 by scoring only 119 runs.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill, who is known for bowling off-spin, revealed that he used to bowl quite a lot at the U-16 and U-19 level; however, he got a warning in the U-19 cricket for a suspect action. Hence, he stopped rolling his arms in the match but often does so in Kolkata Knight Riders’ practice sessions.
“In U-16 and U-19, I used to bowl a lot but I was warned for suspect action in U-19 then I kind of stopped bowling. Let’s see, you never know I might pick it up and be determined to bowl. I think I should be able to do a pretty good job,” Gill said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Shubman Gill gearing up for IPL 2021:
Shubman Gill would hope to overcome his struggles in Test cricket by performing well for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021. The Punjab-born batsman had a relatively modest season last year in the UAE, scoring 440 runs in 14 matches at 33.85; however, his strike rate was a mediocre 117.96 only.
Gill, who will likely open the innings with Rahul Tripathi, has 939 runs in 14 IPL matches at 33.54 with seven fifties. The two-time champions will open their 2021 campaign against the SunRisers Hyderabad in Chennai on the 11th of April.