Shubman Gill comes from a small city in Punjab, Fazilka. His father once told PTI that since Shubman was a small kid, he had never shown any interest in playing with other toys than bat and ball. Whenever on the field, Shubman has made everyone feel like he belongs there. Shubman’s cricket career started when he appeared for Punjab in the U-16 tournament and scored a double ton on debut. In the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare trophy he made his first appearance in the senior category cricket organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The following year, Shubman also made his first appearance in the Ranji Trophy (first-class cricket) for Punjab and played impressive cricket.
U-19 Indian Team Selection
Gill impressed the Indian selectors by his performance in the Vijay Hazare trophy. This led to his selection in the U-19 Indian squad in 2017 when India played against the U-19 England team and came out as victors. Further, Shubman was announced as the vice-captain of the U-19 Indian team to play at the U-19 Cricket World Cup. When the tournament ended, he emerged as the leading run-scorer with 372 runs in his bag, which bagged him ‘Player of the Tournament’.
Gill was included in the senior men’s team for the New Zealand tour in 2018, but he did not get a chance to make his debut. But that didn’t let him down, because the world’s biggest cricket festival, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was still there for him to shine.
Following his emphatic performance in the U-19 Cricket World Cup, four franchises from IPL were bidding for the youngster. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) managed to bag him for Rs 1.8 crore and that season, he averaged 33.83 in 13 matches and scored a total of 203 runs, which is not bad for someone just entering the big stage.
In the subsequent editions of the IPL, Gill scored 296 runs in 2019, averaging 32.88, and an impressive 440 runs in 2020 averaging 33.84.
Perfect for All Formats
What’s really impressive about Gill is the way he adapts in different formats. He knows what he is doing out there, and that is why he is a perfect fit for all the formats. Be it test cricket, ODI, or T20; the youngster has the capability of shining in either of the formats.
So far, he has played 1 test match for India and has an average of 80 in the format. In ODI format, he has played 3 games for the country and averages 16.3 but has played a ton of IPL matches, 41 to be precise, and averages 33.5 with seven half-centuries to his name.
Praise from Former Indian Cricketers
Shubman Gill has been in the limelight since the time he has started playing senior category men’s cricket. Big names such as Yuvraj Singh, VVS Lakshman, and more have praised the young man on multiple occasions.
VVS Lakshman recently tweeted about his performance praising the fact that he is just playing his second Test match and is looking very positive. Lakshman pointed out his clarity of thought, confident defence shots and said that Gill has a bright future in all 3 formats of the game.
With a 50 in the first innings of the 3rd test match against Australia, Gill is all set to continue impressing his fans in the last innings where India desperately needs batsmen to stand-up and win the game.