Farokh Engineer, the former Indian cricketer has made a big statement in relation to the comparisons made between Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli, by the fans and experts alike. The 85-year-old was categoric in saying that it’s too early to name Shubman Gill as heir apparent to Virat Kohli, while praising both for what they bring to the table for Team India on and off the cricket field.
The Mumbai-born wicketkeeper has been one of the most influential players in the history of Indian cricket. In 1971, Engineer played a valuable part in helping Team India win their first Test match in England at The Oval in London, the venue for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2023.
In a chat with PTI, Farokh Engineer was quoted as saying, “It is too early to talk about Gill being heir apparent as Virat has got a few good years left in him. He has got nothing to prove anymore as he has been a superb player and captain for India. He remains the best in the world.”
After lauding plaudits on Virat Kohli, the 85-year-old cricketer talked about how Shubman Gill had dominated T20 cricket recently, while expecting him to replicate the same form in Test cricket. He said, “Gill is a very good batter and is in the form of his life and I am sure he will do well in Tests as well. Gill has proved that T20 cricket is not all about slogging and you can play in conventional style as well.”
When asked about how he thinks the WTC final will fare, Engineer was emotional in stating that as an Indian, he would always want his team to win.