Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has eulogized Shubman Gill for his hardworking ability and believes he can do wonders for Indian cricket in the upcoming 10 years.
The 23-year-old Shubman Gill has been a regular part of the Indian circuit since 2020 when he made his test debut. In 15 innings, Shubman has accumulated 687 ODI runs so far at an average of 57.2 and at a scoring rate of 99.1.
In the recently concluded New Zealand tour, the Punjab-batter Shubman Gill anchored the innings for India alongside captain Shikhar Dhawan. Moreover, Shubman aggregated 103 runs in three innings, including one half-century in Auckland followed by a gritty 45 in Hamilton.
In 2022, the right-handed Shubman Gill is going through a blistering form and has seized every chance in One-day cricket, amassing 638 runs in 12 matches at an astonishing average of 70.88, including 4 half-centuries and 1 century that came against Zimbabwe.
Shubman Gill is a Strong Contender to Open For India in World Cup 2023: Yuvraj Singh
The opening batter Shubman Gill has been rested from the three ODIs against Bangladesh to manage his workload but the youngster would feature in the two tests against Bangladesh starting 14th December.
In his absence, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are relocated into the opening regime. However, the 40-year-old Yuvraj Singh discerns that emerging star Shubman Gill is a strong contender to open for India in the upcoming World Cup in 2023, which is hosted by India.
Yuvraj Singh said to PTI, “I think Shubman is doing very well and is performing consistently. I believe he is a strong contender to open for India in the 2023 World Cup.”
In the previous 50-over World Cup that was hosted by India in 2011, Yuvraj Singh was declared the player of the tournament for his pyrotechnic performance throughout the competition.
In World Cup 2011, the southpaw orchestrated 362 in 8 innings at an average of 57.2, including 4 half-centuries and one century. Moreover, the left-arm orthodox spinner also claimed 15 scalps in 9 matches at an economy of 5.03, including 1 five-wicket haul against Ireland.
Having retired in 2019, Yuvraj Singh superintended some of the young cricketers from his state Punjab. Shubman Gill and another Punjab all-rounder Abhishek Sharma are among the notable names who retrieved after Yuvraj Singh’s guidance.
“Shubman is very hardworking and is doing all the right things. I believe he is destined for greatness in the next 10 years,” Yuvraj further stressed.
Being a two-time World Cup champion himself, Yuvraj Singh also mentioned that he would assist in the progress of sports in India, not just cricket, but an overall perspective of sports in India going forward.
Shubman Gill is currently termed a budding cricketer in India, with conventional stroke-play abilities and commendable hand-eye coordination. However, Gill has been able to ladder up his starts and his conversion rate has captured headlines recently.