Shubman Gill aims to play for India in 2019
"2018 was a good year for me."
Updated - Jan 8, 2019 8:23 pm
The year 2018 turned out to be equivalent to a fairytale for Punjab batsman Shubman Gill. He played a pivotal role in India’s victorious campaign in the U19 World Cup in New Zealand under the leadership of Prithvi Shaw. Thereafter, he got a lucrative deal for the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), though he didn’t get to play a whole lot of matches.
He was also drafted into the India A team and he didn’t let his team down by any means. The 19-year-old was also called up as a substitute fielder during the two-match Test series against Windies in October. Earlier, veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, also his Punjab teammate said that the Fazilka-born cricketer can go on to represent. Meanwhile, Gill put forth his goal of representing India in 2019.
I am happy not to lose the rhythm
“2018 was a good year for me with a lot of new things to learn and what I am looking in 2019 is to play for India. That is the main goal for me. When a person like Yuvraj says something like that it means I am doing good and on the right track. It is a big boost in confidence,” the youngster was quoted as saying in Indian Express.
“Runs are important but more so is consistency- scoring runs back to back. Only when you score big then you get the reckoning. Then once you are in the reckoning then comes the task of carrying it forward. This is crucial. After playing two matches I went to India A tour and then came back and continued to score. I am happy not to lose the rhythm of scoring runs,” he added.
Gill has had an impressive run in the ongoing Ranji Trophy where he is Punjab’s leading run-scorer by a fair distance with an average, exceeding 100. His top score of 268 came against Tamil Nadu at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Gill would also look to do well in the upcoming edition of the IPL, which is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, March 23.