Shubman Gill is India’s future, we should get him into the team: Rohit Sharma
As per Rohit, India should’ve drafted him in when Prithvi Shaw wasn't available.
Updated - Apr 24, 2020 12:50 pm
Rohit Sharma, the Indian vice-captain, feels that Shubman Gill hasn’t gotten adequate chances ever since he made his debut back in the 2019 tour of New Zealand. Back then, the Fazilka-born youngster played a couple of games and couldn’t score runs. From there on, he has stayed in contention, but has found it tough to break into the national playing eleven.
Shubman kept performing for India A, Kolkata Knight Riders and his domestic side, Punjab, as well. As per Rohit, India should’ve drafted him in after Prithvi Shaw missed quite a bit of cricket following his injuries and suspension owing to doping charges. The Nagpur-born Rohit put forth his opinions during an interaction with Harbhajan Singh on Instagram Live.
Shubman Gill is a very fluent batsman: Rohit
“Good to see that Prithvi Shaw was backed and brought back in the team. But I feel when you were not available, they should have gone with Shubman. I feel this is not healthy for him or the team. They need to give him a chance, and the same case applies to any other youngster,” Rohit was quoted as saying in the chat.
Rohit reckons the 20-year-old Shubman has a bright future in the offing and scoring runs will help him get the required confidence. “Shubman Gill is a very fluent batsman. I think he is India’s future. I feel when he gets chances, if he scores runs, he will get that confidence. Now he doesn’t know when he’ll play. He’s done well in the domestic circuit, I think we should get him into the team,” Rohit said.
To start with Gill came into the limelight after he bagged the Player of the Tournament award in the 2018 edition of the U19 World Cup. In the semi-final, he also smashed a century against Pakistan. In the very year, he got a contract from the Knights and he has already played some glorious knocks.
In 21 first-class, 57 List A and 37 T20s, Shubman scored 2,133, 2,280 and 777 runs respectively. He has 13 centuries and 27 half-centuries to show for his efforts. In the 2018-19 edition of the Ranji Trophy, Gill notched 268 against Tamil Nadu while opening the batting.