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IPL 2019: Former chief selector in awe of Shubman Gill, compares him with young Virat Kohli

Srikkanth also pointed out that it was unfortunate that Shubman Gill missed out on a World Cup spot and he saw a young Kohli of World Cup 2011 in Gill.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2019 12:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shubman Gill,Kolkata Knight Riders,KKR vs MI
Kolkata Knight Riders' cricketer Shubman Gill plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty 20 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium, in Kolkata, on April 28, 2019.(AFP)

Drawing comparisons with Indian captain Virat Kohli, former India chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Shubman Gill has the makings of becoming a ‘great cricketer’. Gill played a fantastic knock against Mumbai Indians on Sunday to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat MI by 34 runs and keep their playoff hopes alive.

“Very very impressed with Shubnam Gill, have a feeling this boy has the talent to become a great cricketer,” tweeted Srikkanth.

Srikkanth also pointed out that it was unfortunate that Gill missed out on a World Cup spot and he saw a young Kohli of World Cup 2011 in Gill.

“Tweeted earlier saying he missed a spot on the world cup squad & the reason is I saw a young Virat during 2011 WC!keep it going Shubnam Gil,” Srikkanth wrote.

Interestingly, Indian captain Virat Kohli had earlier stated that he was not even 10% of what Gill is at 19, when the Punjab cricketer was with the Indian side in New Zealand.

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“Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten percent of that when I was 19,” Kohli had said.

Gill was sent to open the innings for the third time this season and he did not disappoint. The talented 19-year-old smashed a career-best 76 to power KKR to 157 for one in 15 overs against Mumbai Indians Sunday. In the end, KKR notched 232 for two in 20 overs thanks to Russell’s brilliance (80* off 40 balls), which in the end turned out to be more than enough as Mumbai Indians could only manage 198 for 7 despite Hardik Pandya’s 91 off 34 balls.

“Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been doing well (as openers). Narine was giving good starts. So I was happy to happy to get a chance and capitalise on that,” Gill said at the post-match news conference following his team’s 34-run win.

“It’s one of the best knocks in this IPL, especially considering the situation that we had lost six matches in a row. We do all kinds of practice in various match-conditions. It was all about preparing the mindset and executing on the field,” added Gill.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 12:54 IST