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10 interesting facts about batting sensation Shubhman Gill
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 4, 2018 11:13 am
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India has a history of producing some world class batsmen since their arrival at the cricketing nation. From Lala Amarnath to Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, India is never short of a batting talent. The latest batsman from this machine is young and dynamic Shubhman Gill, who doesn’t require any introduction now.

He is the man of the tournament in the recently concluded ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand for his 372 runs in the tournament, which helped India U-19 to lift the trophy for a record fourth time. He scored fifty-plus score in every innings he batted except the final, where he managed 31 runs with his bat.

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Here we are listing 10 interesting facts about Gill;

  • Gill born on 8th September 1999 in Punjab’s small town named Fazilka. He started to play cricket at an early age of 4 but took it seriously once he turned 8.
  • His father Lakhwinder Gill owns agriculture lands in their hometown. He used to practice there while his father insisted his workers to bowl him. Once his father sensed a talent in his son, he took his family to Mohali to provide a good cricketing environment to his son.
  • Gill had a tough time in balancing between his academics and cricket. However, School gave him allowance to practice hard and gave him attendance. He practiced 5 to 6 hours a day in order to sharpen his batting skills.
  • Shubhman was just 14 when he hit 351 runs off 277 balls in an inter-district under-16 tournament in Punjab and shared a world record opening partnership of 587 at the district level.
  • He made his Under-19 debut against England U-19 and scored a sparkling 147 in August 2017. He slammed 351 runs in four innings during that series to be named the man of the series.
  • Gill is the only batsman to manage an average in access of 100 in Youth ODIs. He has 1149 runs in 15 innings at an average of 104.45, which includes four centuries and six fifties. In fact, he has never been dismissed at a score lower than 20. His lowest score is 24.
  • He made his first-class debut during this Ranji Trophy season against Bengal and scored a fifty on his debut. His maiden FC ton came in his 3rd game, which was a second innings hundred.
  • His success at U-19 cricket earned him a call from India ‘A’ for a series against New Zealand ‘A’ in October 2017. However, a side strain ruled him out from that series.
  • Shubman Gill is also a little superstitious. There is a red handkerchief that he carries every game. The story behind it is that he carried a white handkerchief to one of the Under-16 games and scored a century to put an end to a string of low scores. Since it was white, it got dirty and messy. Hence, he carried a red one for the next game and scored another ton. Thus, from that time carrying a red handkerchief to every game has become a habit for him.
  • He is a self-confessed fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. In an interview to Sportskeeda in August, he had said, “Obviously, my all-time favorite is Sachin Tendulkar. When I started watching cricket, he was a legend, he is still a legend and will remain one forever. But, now my favorite is Virat Kohli. I like his style, the way he carries himself and how he handles pressure. I would like to try and emulate him. It will be very difficult.”

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