Former India player turned head coach Ravi Shastri believes India youngster Shubman Gill is an amazing talent and his growing maturity will help him play consistently on the international stage as well. However, Gill is part of the Indian squad for both the T20I and ODI series against New Zealand. Although the first T20I got abandoned on Friday, November 18, Gill will hope to showcase his talent in the remaining five games as well.
During a discussion on Prime Video, Shastri talked about Gill and his earlier comments where he said that he was looking to minimize the dot balls through singles and doubles rather than just looking for boundaries and sixes as well.
He responded: “Shubman Gill has been around a long time. He came here, won the under-19 World Cup with Prithvi Shaw, who was the captain. Everyone knows the talent he has, amazing talent, but what they are looking for is consistency. He has threatened, he has promised, but I think the time has just about come now where he has understood his own game and that maturity will help him get the consistency.”
However, Ravi Shastri further added that once it’s there in your mindset that you have to play fewer dot balls, you get busy in the middle as well. And, as per him, the boundaries and sixes will come and the momentum of the innings will be there too. Notably, Shubman Gill is yet to make his T20I debut. And, another former India cricketer Murali Kartik said that Gill doesn’t seem to smash the ball even while scoring at a fast pace.
“There are lots of guys who go at a fair clip and still you feel that they are not beating around the ball or going hammer and tongs. Shubman Gill is one of them and the most important thing is him trying to understand his game. There is so much talent in Indian cricket, so many people vying for spots and he is one of them. He has gotten the chance and he wants to make sure that now is the time where he understands his game and plays to that. That’s very important right now. Good to see he has done that,” Kartik concluded.