IND vs NZ: "I Feel Really Lucky That I Get To Bat With Them": Shubman Gill On Batting With Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli

Updated - 25 Jan 2023, 03:36 PM

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (PC-AP)

Shubman Gill expressed his appreciation for being included in the top three alongside Indian cricket legends Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

The young man acknowledged that whenever the two veterans work together, he learns a lot and that it brings out the best in him.

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Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (PC-AP)
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (PC-AP)

In the third ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday in Indore, Gill and Rohit put together an impressive 212-run partnership for the first wicket in just 27 overs (January 24). Both players reached the hundred mark and displayed utterly harsh strokeplay.

Here is what Shubman Gill had to say about an unusual talk he had with Rohit in a video addressed to head coach Rahul Dravid that BCCI disclosed:

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Shubman Gill-Virat Kohli Photo Credit: (BCCI)
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“I feel really lucky to be able to bat with them and pick their brains. Little stuff like tonight, when Rohit Bhai was batting on 70-odd, he informed me that Daryl Mitchell could get him out, but he will still go after him. This is the mindset of great players, and it’s what I get from batting with Virat and Rohit.”

Shubman Gill agreed that sharing the dressing room was a dream come true:

To share a dressing room with legends like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, as Shubman Gill acknowledged, was a dream come true for him. He also discussed how he used to like watching India’s trips to Australia, where he watched both Rohit and Virat amass hundreds of runs.

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“These are the players I grew up respecting and watching. I used to watch India’s tours to Australia and wonder how they score hundreds after hundreds of runs and keep performing for so long,” Shubman Gill said.

Rohit and Virat, who have been India’s top match-winners over the previous ten years, would be eager to teach Gill the virtues of being ultra-consistent. With 1254 runs in 21 games, four centuries, and an astounding average of 73.76, the young player has had an outstanding start to his ODI career.

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