Shubhman Gill has made an illustrious start to his international career since making his debut in early 2019, already drawing comparisons with the likes of Indian Team’s skipper Virat Kohli, whom he idolizes and resembles a lot with his gifted ball timing, ability to play big shots whenever required and the urge to constantly rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking.
Coming through the ranks of the Under-19 side which won the World Cup in 2018 in New Zealand. Shubhman was the star performer for India, scoring 372 runs in the tournament with a mammoth average of 124 including three fifties and a match-winning hundred, also winning the Player of the series award.
It was his technique and style of batting that impressed the KKR franchise who bought him for a whopping ₹1.8 crore in the IPL auction the same year, For whom He’s also become a regular since signing, scoring 1071 runs at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 124 in just over 3 seasons. This has helped him to play to his full potential while representing his country, just like it has helped a lot of players.
He’s scored 414 runs in 8 test matches with an average of 31.84, which is quite good having started young and played most of his tests overseas. He rose to fame after that fearless knock against the Aussies in that famous Brisbane test which resulted in India lifting the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy. He gained a lot of praise from the greats of the game which boosted his confidence even more and was quite productive for the Indian Team in the following months, with also them win the England Series at home earlier this year which helped the team reach the Finals of the inaugural World Test Championship. He then went on to open for the team in the Finals, thanks to the team management who trust him wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, a stress injury to his shins ruled him out of the ongoing tour of England. But that isn’t going to stop him from dominating India’s top order, especially in the longer format along with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara. He’s become one of the favourites of BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly who’s stated that Gill is a mix of Brian Lara and Kane Williamson, which means he can play both attacking and defensive cricket depending on the situation of the game.
Having said that, he’s immensely talented and has every potential in the world to become one of the greats of the game and if everything goes well, he might well lead his country in the future, he has that Rahul Dravid attitude in him with the way he goes about in the game, very calm, collected and sorted.
What separates Gill from the rest of the young guns is his ability to play long innings with full concentration, with his ability to play free-flowing shots, which reflects in his career-best first-class score of 268 at such a young age.
Shubhman Gill surely has a very bright future and high potential to be the future star of Indian cricket. All he needs to be disciplined and patient to have that longevity in his career which a lot of players lack.