Following a brilliant century (126* off 63 deliveries) in the third T20I against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, opener Shubman Gill finally showed his skill in the shortest format of the game, having previously shown his power in ODIs.
He has been playing some fantastic cricket in recent months, including a magnificent double-century against the Black Caps in the first ODI of the series in Hyderabad. Gill performed well in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, amassing 207 runs.
Former India international Aakash Chopra says that Gill is no longer a player to watch in the future, but has instead become the present of Indian cricket. He finished the U19 World Cup 2018 as the second-highest run-scorer (372 runs in six matches) and was widely regarded as the next great Indian cricketer. According to Chopra, Gill has done well thus far and is doing well on a consistent basis.
“We used to say that Shubman Gill is the future of Indian cricket, now we have begun stating that he is the presence of Indian cricket. As he travelled to participate in the Under-19 World Cup, his potential was evident. He began to play well and requested others to keep an eye on him since he had something unique.
I was around fifty-fifty when he made his Test debut. I was thinking about how the man was going to make his debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He also batted really well there and hasn’t looked back since. He has consistently performed well. “There will be ups and downs, but he’s been excellent,” the 45-year-old remarked on his YouTube page.