Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma believes Shubman Gill has the makings to reach the same league as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Gill has got off to a terrific start to his ODI career as he has been batting at his absolute best.
The youngster scored 360 runs in the three ODIs against New Zealand at an average of 180 and matched Babar Azam’s record of most runs in a three-match bilateral series. Furthermore, Gill became the fastest Indian batter (19 innings) to reach the 1000-run mark in ODI cricket.
Gill carried the same form in the T20I format as he smashed 126 runs off just 63 balls in the third T20I against the Kiwis. Gill became the youngest T20I centurion for India, the fifth Indian to score centuries across all formats and his 126 is now the highest for any Indian batter in the T20I format.
“It is great to see that the youngster has overtaken two greats of the game in that list. This shows that he has the hunger to score big. Virat and Rohit have won so many games for India and as a team, you want new players to step up too. I believe Gill has the makings to reach the league of Virat and Rohit,” Rajkumar told India News.
Rajkumar Sharma, who played a key role in Virat Kohli’s career, feels Gill has all the potential to go a long way in his career.
“It’s too early to say for sure, but he (Gill) does have the potential to become the greatest player of the next generation. He has a solid technique, temperament and also the hunger to score big runs. When you’re so calm at such a young age and have a good work ethic, you have the makings of a great player,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gill scored 126 runs in front of legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar, who felicitated India’s Women’s Under-19 team for their World Cup triumph.
“Shubman will feel lucky to produce such an innings in front of Sachin Tendulkar. With the kind of shots that he played and the way he dominated the bowlers, even Sachin would have loved his knock. Be it a spinner or a pacer, he looked to bat fearlessly and continued the carnage,” he added.
Gill will now be in action in the Test series against Australia.