Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has showered ultimate praise on the young India National Cricket Team opening batsman Shubman Gill and labelled him as a “mini Rohit Sharma”, saying that just like his skipper it looks like the 23-year-old has extra time to play his shots.
The Rohit Sharma-Shubman Gill opening duo has performed amazingly for India in the ongoing season. They have opened together 5 times in ODIs and in 4 of those games India didn’t lose a wicket in the powerplay. Overall, they have had partnerships of 143, 33, 95, 60 and 72 in 5 ODIs.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Ramiz drew comparisons between young Gill and his captain Rohit. He said that Gill, who recently scored an ODI double century, has got enough potential and there is nothing that he needs to change.
“Shubman Gill looks like a mini-Rohit Sharma. He has extra time and looks good. He has enough potential. Aggression will also develop with time. He doesn’t need to change anything. He scored a double hundred recently,” Raja said on his YouTube channel.
He plays exceedingly well – Ramiz Raja hails Rohit Sharma
Ramiz also showered praise on captain Rohit for playing incredibly well during the run-chase against the Kiwis in the second ODI, which India won comfortably.
“Batting was easy for India because they have an outstanding batter like Rohit Sharma. He plays exceedingly well. He is an amazing striker of hook-and-pull shots, so a 108-run chase becomes easy,” he added.
The 60-year-old further pointed out a weakness of the top-order batters of India.
“What India batters need to do, top order in particular, is the fact that their front-foot batting is looking weak. It’s easy to hit from the back foot, but once the ball is tossed up, you rely on defence, then there is some error,” he added.
Ramiz also opined that the rise of India in the longer formats is based on the consistent performances of the bowlers.
“India’s resurgence in ODI and Test cricket is on the basis of bowling because their batting is historically strong,” he said.