India batsman Shubman Gill became a household name after he was adjudged with the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. Gill’s consistency with the bat was one of the reasons why Prithvi Shaw-led India lifted the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Many cricket experts and players, have reckoned Gill as the future superstar of Team India.
During a recent interaction with his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Gill reminisced a hilarious sledge from all-rounder Hardik Pandya while playing a one-day game against Baroda. Gill revealed how Hardik tried to provoke him to hit his deliveries during a domestic 50-over match.
“It was my first year of the Ranji Trophy season, and we were playing a one-day against Baroda. And I remember Hardik bowling to me. He kept on sledging me, and I don’t know for what reason. I tried to hit him on the up, and the ball went straight to the fielder. Then he kept saying, ‘Ae chal na maar na! Chal na ye 19 nahi hai ye. Chal na maar na’ (Come on hit me, this is not Under-19 cricket, hit me!).”
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Rohit Sharma, vice-captain of India’s limited-over side, during one of his Instagram Live sessions in April, heaped praise on the young batsman.
“I think Shubman is a fluent batsman. He is a future of Indian cricket. Whenever he gets a consistent run, he will get confidence. He has a good domestic record. I think we should look to bring him into the side. There is a lot of competition in the side,” Rohit told Harbhajan Singh.
Meanwhile, Gill has so far played two ODIs for India where he managed to score only 16 runs before being dropped from the side. He also managed to receive his maiden Test call-up last year ahead of the home Test series against South Africa. However, the youngster failed to make the cut into the playing XI.