IPL 2019: Michael Vaughan praises Shubman Gill for his half-century against DC

IPL 2019: Michael Vaughan praises Shubman Gill for his half-century against DC

The Fazilka-born batsman scored a 39-ball 65 in Kolkata.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Young Indian batsman Shubman Gill hit his first fifty of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. Opening the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) innings after DC captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to field, Shubman lost his partner Joe Denly in the very first delivery of the match but then held the innings together till the 15th over when he departed for 65 in 39 balls. The knock included seven fours and two sixes and laid the foundation for big-hitters like Andre Russell to build a good total.

Shubman got his IPL call last year after bagging the Man of the Series award in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and made an impressive debut in the T20 tournament. In 13 matches that the Punjab teenager played, he scored 203 runs with one half century at a strike-rate of 146 plus. This year, he has played seven games so far and scored 105 runs at a strike-rate of 132 plus.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised the youngster in a tweet for his knock against DC and said: “What a future!!”

Here is Vaughan’s tweet

Shubman has made his international debut but yet to show his mettle

Shubman Gill made his international debut earlier this year in an ODI series in New Zealand though in just two matches he has played so far, he could manage only 16 runs. In first-class cricket, Shubman has already made a mark with three centuries in nine games after making debut in 2017 with the highest score of 268 that he made in the latest Ranji season against Tamil Nadu. The batter is still in his formative years but he is certainly one batsman that the cricketing world keeps a close watch on, just like it does on the Prithvi Shaws and Rishabh Pants.

Coming back to the match against DC, the KKR ended up scoring 178 for 7 in 20 overs. Russell scored 45 off 21 balls in yet another brisk innings that was studded with four sixes and three fours. Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Keemo Paul took two wickets apiece for the Capitals. Nevertheless, Shikhar Dhawan’s 97 ensured that the visitors beat the Knight Riders by seven wickets in the City of Joy.

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