Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has drawn a comparison between Shubman Gill and the Tennis legend, Roger Federer, saying that the young Indian batter plays his shots with incredible ease. Gill became the youngest batter to score a double century in ODIs when he hit 208 runs against New Zealand on Wednesday. Despite some brilliance from Michael Bracewell India held on to secure a 12-run win in the first ODI and take the lead in the series.
Talking about the youngster in the latest video on his YouTube channel, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, Salman Butt said that he has been a big fan of Gill since he played in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, due to the elegance and finish of his strokes.
Explaining the same, Salman Butt said, “I have been a fan of Gill ever since he played in that World Test Championship final against New Zealand in England due to the time that he has and the elegance and the finish that he has in his strokes. You won’t see many touch players like him in international cricket. There is talk of only power hitters everywhere these days.”
The former Pakistan skipper then compared the 23-year-old to tennis legend Roger Federer and said that he plays his shots with incredible quality and touch. Butt also said that Gill played his shots with finesse and its very rare for players of his age.
Explaining the further, Salman Butt said, “This is a different kind of cricket that Gill is playing. It is almost like Roger Federer who plays his shots with incredible quality and touch. The finesse that Shubman Gill has shown in his game is very rare in players with such a young age. He is one of his kind and there is a glimpse of greatness.”
He further added, “It was not just about his touch shots but also about the way he scored his runs despite all major batters getting out at the other end at regular intervals. The way he picked and chose his shots and the bowlers to target showed that his game has already developed to a greater extent.”