Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag heaped praises on young prodigy Shubhman Gill after his knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sehwag feels Gill has more ability than several greats of the game despite being so young in the age.
Shubham Gill scored a quickfire 48 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 31st match of the IPL 2021. His runs came in just 34 balls where he hit six fours and one huge six and took his team over the line with 10 overs to spare.
Virender Sehwag has praised Gill and said he should play with a free mind and doesn’t look towards the scorecard.
“Shubman Gill should bat freely, no matter what the situation is. He shouldn’t be bothered about runs. There are 9 batsmen behind him, hence, he shouldn’t think much. If he gets a loose ball, hit it big and of not, just tap it and get a single,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
“He has more ability than several greats of the game. The players from older generations had a stronger mindset which led them to success. If Gill wants to be a successful batter, he needs to work on his mindset,” he added.
Sehwag further asserted that a batsman, particularly when he is batting in the T20 format, need not take the pressure and start hitting right from the first ball he faces.
“T20 cricket isn’t a format where you score ball-to-ball. You do that in the longer formats where a strike rate of 50 is considered decent. But this format is meant to bat like this. No need to take pressure while batting. You just go and start hitting. If you connect then you are a match-winner and if couldn’t, then no worries, someone else will do that.
“It is not about the skill but mindset. It’s most important because if you have that kind of mindset, how would you play? Batsmen do have the skill to hit a six but doubt in their mind and fear of getting out stops them from going for it,” Sehwag added.