Whenever there is a discussion about rising superstars in Indian cricket, there is a definite mention of Shubman Gill. The 23-year-old from Punjab is undoubtedly one of the emerging superstars not only in Indian cricket but at the global level. Gill has impressed everyone with his stroke play against the best bowlers in the world. His inning of 91 in the famous Gabba Test is still afresh in the memories of Indian cricket team fans.
In eleven Tests for India, Gill has amassed over 500 runs. Not only in red-ball cricket, but the batter is also equally good in white-ball cricket. The 23-year-old has played nine ODIs for India and has piled up 499 runs @71.24 with the help of three half-centuries and one century which came this year against Zimbabwe. This match was also Gill’s last international appearance for India as he joined Glamorgan County Cricket Club for his maiden county stint.
Although the format changed, Gill’s finesse with the bat did not change at all. The stylish batter has continued his dominant run as he smashed his maiden county century on Tuesday (27 September). Playing against Sussex, the 23-year-old got to the three-figure mark in 123 balls as Glamorgan went past 250 for the loss of four wickets in the first innings. After reaching the three-figure mark, Gill bowed to the dressing room to celebrate the milestone.
Gill’s innings included 16 fours and two sixes. The batter eventually got out for 119 as he mishit a lofted shot over mid-wicket that landed straight into the hands of Jack Carson off Sean Hunt’s delivery. Before this century, Gill also hit a half-century (92) against Worcestershire. The batter has been in fine touch this year.
The Indian batter is expected to return to national duty as the Men in Blue ready themselves to host South Africa for three ODIs. Gill is certain to get a place in the squad which is expected to be led by senior batter Shikhar Dhawan.