Former India coach Ravi Shastri praised Shubman Gill for his enthusiasm and technique, saying the batter is here to stay for a long time.
Gill has been in good form in the ongoing One-Day International series. He scored 50 runs in the first match on Thursday and an unbeaten 45 runs in the postponed second game on Saturday.
Ravi Shastri praises Shubman Gill
The second One-Day International between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain. Shubman Gill, India’s opener, managed to once again dazzle during the brief rain-affected period of play by scoring a quick 45* off 42 deliveries before the game was abandoned in the 13th over. Ravi Shastri, a former Indian coach, praised the opener for emphasizing timing the ball and using solid technique.
Since his outstanding maturity in white-ball cricket was demonstrated during a successful IPL campaign with Gujarat Titans, Shubman Gill’s value has increased. At the top of the innings, Gill is all class and technique in contrast to other young cricketers who rely heavily on their power-hitting skills. Ravi Shastri said that the young opener represents the sport’s future and would “be around for a long time.”
“His emphasis today was on the timing of the ball. Sometimes when you are out of your depth, you want to get on with it by trying to hit the ball hard. He was in good control with good footwork. It is great to watch him play. There is something regal about him. He is a quality player and he’s going to be around for a long time (a decade’s time). He has a good work ethic, he trains hard, he’s hungry and he loves this game. He will continue to play because his grooming is good, he is always grounded,” Ravi Shastri said.
Anjum Chopra, a former member of the Indian Women’s Cricket, lauded the young cricketer for making significant progress in international cricket over the past year. She also commended the management for holding off on putting Gill in the T20I team despite the recent troubles of the Indian openers because he is still honing his skills for the shorter format and is a stalwart of the 50-over and red-ball teams.
“Shubman’s strike rate has improved in international cricket. He is averaging a healthy 70 plus in international cricket so, you are looking at a player who is developing. In T20s, probably I can now understand why the India team doesn’t want to give him an opportunity right now. Let him become a more traditional player of ODIs and Test match level as well but T20I is a game he is very close to,” Chopra added.