Shubman Gill, the Indian batter, is fast becoming a trusted batter and one could understand the same by the stats in the ODIs and Tests. The right-handed batter scored a century in the final ODI against New Zealand on January 24, Tuesday and in quickfire time, joining hands with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
To add more, Gill is being looked at as the next big thing in Indian cricket and the batter was asked to choose between former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Opening up on the same, Gill said to Star Sports that he would choose Kohli over Tendulkar as he was too young to understand cricket when the latter retired.
Gill said that the former Indian cricketer was the reason behind him taking cricket as a career, highlighting his father’s love for Tendulkar. However, the right-handed opener claimed that as soon as he started to understand cricket a bit more, he began to follow Kohli a lot closer as compared to the 49-year-old.
I have learnt a lot from him as a batter: Shubman Gill
Gill was included in the squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka earlier this month for the first time and the batter would continue his stint in the format in the upcoming three-match contest against New Zealand as well. Post leaving critics with no words against him, Gill has more or less cemented his place in the squad for the upcoming 50-over World Cup.
“I think Virat Bhai because…Sachin sir is the reason why I started playing cricket because my dad was his huge fan. When he retired, I was too young to understand cricket. By the time I started to understand cricket a little more, I would say Virat bhai because I have learnt a lot from him as a batter,” Gill was quoted as saying to Star Sports.
The star cricketer was chosen as the Player of the Series against the Kiwis and one could understand that it came on the back of his consistent performances. “It feels nice to perform throughout the series. My approach didn’t change after the double hundred (208 in the first ODI). It’s all about getting a start and converting every game if possible,” Gill was quoted as saying after receiving the award.