Former India National Cricket Team all-rounder Irfan Pathan has stated that the 23-year-old opening batsman Shubman Gill has already been very successful in Tests and ODIs and he just needs to bat with a quicker pace in T20 cricket to become a “superstar”.
Gill recently smashed a terrific century against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Shubman Gill scored terrific 116 runs off 97 balls, including 14 fours and 2 sixes, before being cleaned up by Kasun Rajitha in the 34th over.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Pathan lavished praise on Gill and said that he will definitely be India’s superstar. He elaborated:
“He will definitely be India’s superstar going ahead, there is no doubt about that. He has the technique and the game. We have seen him in Tests and ODI cricket. He will just have to bring a little more pace in T20 cricket to become a superstar. Because he wants to improve, I have the belief that he will become better in T20 cricket.
“The pitch was not extremely difficult but there was some movement if the bowlers continuously hit the hard length. We saw in the first five overs, Rohit Sharma was also hit with the ball and got beaten as well a few times but there also Shubman Gill looked in full control.”
He played some amazing shots – Irfan Pathan on Shubman Gill
Pathan further lauded Gill for playing some excellent-looking shots during his second ODI century knock against Sri Lanka and said that he looked fantastic right from the beginning of his innings. He stated:
“He played some amazing shots, hit on the up on the off and leg side. He looked fantastic right from the start. You are seeing 116 runs and it seemed right from the start that he was heading for a big score.
“When Shubman Gill takes out his feet and plays on the off side, I feel he bats the best. Control, timing, usage of wrists – everything was seen. The good thing, which Sanjay Bangar also said, is that he used the crease today. It means he is regularly thinking about making the adjustments.”