Subhman Gill The time he played in India under 19 team. Once Virat Kohli came to watch the team’s practice session. Kohli, who saw Gill batting in the nets that day, responded like this – ‘At this age, I wasn’t even half as good as Gill. Gill times every ball so beautifully’.
Shubman Gill’s career is progressing in a way that confirmed that if Kohli is the class batsman in the Indian team after Sachin, it will be after Kohli. Gill has so far scored 757 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 58.23 with one century and five fifties. Career strike rate over 100. The fact that the team management sees Gill as a ‘long-term investment’ in ODI cricket is evident from the consistent opportunities the star has been getting in the last few series.
No replacement for Ishaan
With KL Rahul moving to the middle order, there is confusion over who will open alongside captain Rohit Sharma in the ODI World Cup. While being a left-handed batsman gives Ishan Kishan an advantage, Gill’s consistent performance and classic stroke play will benefit him. Even former players criticized the fact that Ishan Kishan, who scored a double century against Bangladesh, was dismissed and Gill got a chance in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. But the team management does not see Gill as a replacement for Ishaan. Ishan Kishan, who can find good scores in the powerplay and play aggressively right from the start, will be able to shine more than ODIs in T20Is. Gill, on the other hand, is a bit more defensive and has the style of anchoring the game and taking the innings forward. The team management knows this approach will benefit 50 over games. BCCI is slowly implementing the concept of one team for all formats. In this situation Gill is likely to be appointed as a specialist opener in ODIs and Ishan in Twenty20s.
It is not possible to see shots like AB de Villiers or Suryakumar Yadav from the Gill. But if you look at the wagon wheel of strikes after the game, Gill will have scored runs all over the field. Although Gill plays more straight shots than cross shots, his exceptional wrist work and timing help Gill score from all over the ground. If Gill can capitalize on this career dream, the 23-year-old from a farming family in Fazilka, Punjab, will be the poster boy of Indian batting after Kohli.
English Summary: Why is Indian Cricket Team backing Shubman Gill over Ishan Kishan in ODI?