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He wants to play under Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill’s dad after India rout Australia to lift Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Shubman Gill was named Man of the Tournament in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup. The Punjab lad scored 372 runs with one century against Pakistan and three fifties.

cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2018 14:32 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Shubman Gill,Manjot Kalra,Indian under-19 cricket team
Shubman Gill plays a shot during the Under-19 Cricket World Cup final match between India and Australia at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 3, 2018. India beat Australia by eight wickets to win the World Cup for the fourth time.(AFP)

“Shubi kept his promise. Before leaving for New Zealand, he had promised to deliver the goods for India and get the World Cup home. His hard work of last two years has paid off,” said Lakhwinder Singh Gill, father of Indian under-19 star Shubman Gill after India thrashed Australia to win the under-19 Cricket World Cup at the Bay Oval in Tauranga today. (HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

India won their fourth Under-19 Cricket World Cup and became the first team to win more than three titles at this level. Vice-captain Shubman Gill made 30-ball knock of 31 runs in the final and was bowled by the Chandigarh-born off-spinner Param Uppal. Gill was adjudged Man of the Series.

Eighteen-year-old Shubman Gill , who was bought by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for whopping Rs 1.8 crore last week, emerged as highest run-getter with 372 runs (three half-centuries and one century) for India in the mega-event. He had played a match-winning knock of 102 runs in the semis against Pakistan.

“The final was a pressure game. The boys kept their cool and played well on a difficult pitch. I am elated that my son, who lives for the sport, was able to do well in the tournament. All credit goes to coach Rahul Dravid,” said Lakhwinder.

The Gill family shut itself off from media and guests till the match was over. Residents of their housing society put up a screen in the compound to watch the game together.

“I hope and pray that Shubman remains focused like this and after making his dream true, he works harder in order to make it to the India team. He wants to play under his idol Virat Kohli. After he returns home we are going to celebrate for a brief period before he rushes to Bangalore for Vijay Hazare Trophy to play for Punjab,” said 46-year-old Lakhwinder.

Shubman was associated with half-century partnership with final Manjot Kalra for the second wicket in the final.

“We were nervous unlike Shubi. He had a good night’s sleep on the eve of the final and was raring to hit the ground. The almighty has answered our prayers. The sacrifices we made, finally bore results. Even our village is in news now because of Shubi. We are proud of Shubi and the whole India team,” added the Punjab batsman’s mother, Keerat Gill.

The Gills live in Mohali but belong to Jalalabad in Punjab. Their house was swarmed by media and fans on Saturday morning.

Speaking during the post-match interview, Shubman said, “It’s a special feeling to achieve this feat. We dreamt for this day. It has been an amazing tournament for me. I enjoyed every bit of it. I got to learn so much with each passing game. I am going to cherish this for a long time.”

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 14:16 IST