Shubman Gill Reveals Hardik Pandya’s Advice Ahead Of His Maiden T20I Ton
By CricShots - Feb 2, 2023 3:35 pm
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The young Indian opener, Shubman Gill shared the message from Hardik Pandya before the third T20I against New Zealand and revealed that the stand-in skipper told him to play his natural game and not do anything extra while batting. Gill smashed all sorts of records and he became the fifth Indian batter to score a century across all the formats. The 23-year-old’s unbeaten 126 helped India post a massive score of 234 runs in their 20 overs.

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Shubman Gill scored his maiden T20I ton

The Kiwis’ batting lineup crumbled in front of the Indian bowling, with Hardik Pandya taking a 4-wicket haul on the day as India won the match by 168 runs to clinch the series on Wednesday. Both the heroes of the game came together for a post-match chat, with Gill going on to reveal the message he got from the India captain before walking out to the middle.

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The 23-year-old started off by saying that a lot of credit goes to his father. Shubman Gill said that one of the important things in his game is the backing he gets from the skipper and the team management. The young batter told Pandya that he gave him a lot of confidence. Gill then revealed the message he got from the all-rounder, who had told him to play his natural game and not do anything extra.

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Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya

As per the quotes in India Today, Shubman Gill said, “A lot of credit goes to my dad. I think in my game the most important thing is the backing of the team management and the captain. Before this game, the T20I matches I played, I didn’t do well up to my expectations. I was very eager to go there and do what I love to do and you gave me that confidence, especially today before I went out.”

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He further added, “The way you just told me ‘ just play the way you play, no need to do anything extra.’ I think these small things, helps me a lot. I know that I have to play the way I have to play and I don’t have to do anything extra or anything that is not me. So that is one thing that helped me today. But apart from that, I think the way I practised, the way my dad made me practice, I think 90% of the credit has got to go to him. That was his vision.”