Shubhman Gill is seeing as the future of Indian cricket team. He has shown his talent on every given opportunity, be it U19 World Cup or domestic cricket. Experts rank him very high and call him potentially next poster boy of world cricket. Recently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioned that he wasn’t 10 percent talented of what Shubhman Gill is at the moment.
During a recent interview with SportStar, Gill opened about the change of stars which he witnessed in the last 12 months. In February 2018, he won the U19 World Cup in New Zealand and just one year down the lane, he received his maiden ODI cap with the senior team in New Zealand.
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Opening about it, he said “Life’s changed a lot in terms of the experience I am gaining, even at a higher level. Early last year, when I was preparing for the (U-19) World Cup, I would think if I do well here, it may lead to more opportunities. But I hadn’t imagined all this would happen so soon.”
Talking about his successful transition from junior cricket to first-class cricket, he quoted “Rahul [Dravid] sir has helped a lot in this transition. He is aware of what a youngster needs to do to adjust to higher levels of cricket. It’s not only about batting. Many times, you lack fitness, or the fielding standards are not up to international level. One needs to match the highest standards in all aspects of the game.”
“He helped me realize all that. Besides, I also learned how to handle success and failures from him. Also, at times when a youngster reaches the highest level, he starts taking it easy and doesn’t work as hard in the nets as earlier. I feel it’s important to take the additional effort in other aspects but you cannot compromise on your basic work ethic if you have to sustain at a higher level.”
Gill made his international debut during the fourth ODI against New Zealand and received his debut cap from MS Dhoni. He recalled it as a surreal feeling. “It was an overwhelming experience. When Ravi [Shastri] sir told me after the third match I would play the next one, it was a surreal feeling. To take the field with players whom you have idolized since childhood, to get the India cap from Mahi bhai, it was amazing,” he concluded.
Currently, the young batsman is playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Punjab. Soon, he will feature for Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League 2019, which will commence from March 23 in Chennai.