It was way back in 2000 that India first lifted the ICC Under-19 World Cup. It was in this tournament that Yuvraj Singh first came into the limelight. Yuvi was named the player of the tournament and later emerged as a promising batsman with the potential to play for senior Indian cricket team.
After 18 years, it appears he may have had a hand in forging another Under-19 World Cup hero – Shubman Gill.
Shubman, who like Yuvraj also hails from Punjab, was the toast of the U-19 World Cup, smashing three half-centuries and a hundred in India’s campaign that saw them lift the title for the fourth time.
Gill on Monday revealed that he was guided by Yuvraj Singh, who gave him gave him batting tips just before the flew to New Zealand for the tournament.
“Yuvi paaji has given me a lot of guidance. When I was injured and recovering at NCA, he was there for his fitness test. During our interactions, he shared his on-field experiences and gave me some batting tips as well. I worked on those tips. Later, when I recovered, we used to bat together. His guidance helped me in this World Cup,” Gill said on his arrival with the U-19 World Cup-winning team in Mumbai.
“It was a great feeling to be Man of the Tournament, but lifting the World Cup was the best feeling for me,” added the right-handed batsman, who scored 372 runs in the ICC tournament at an impressive average of 124.