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4 reasons why Shubman Gill is better than Virat Kohli was at the age of 19

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5.07K   //    12 Feb 2019, 18:22 IST

Virat Kohli himself stated in an interview that he was not even 10 percent the player that Shubman Gill is at 19 years of age
Virat Kohli himself stated in an interview that he was not even 10 percent the player that Shubman Gill is at 19 years of age

Shubman Gill made the headlines during India's tour of New Zealand, when the teenager received his maiden Indian ODI cap. He took the place of Virat Kohli in the playing XI because the Indian captain was rested for the final 2 ODIs of the series.

Though Gill failed to impress in the 2 games he played, Virat Kohli heaped praises on the youngster by saying in an interview that he was not even 10 percent the player that Gill is at 19 years of age.

The fans who watched Gill playing for India in the ODI series against New Zealand might have felt that this was an exaggeration made by Kohli. However, in this article, we'll look at some reasons that support Kohli's statement -

#4 Shubman Gill performed better than Virat Kohli in the U-19 World Cup

Kohli too batted at no.3 for the Indian U-19 team in the 2008 U-19 World Cup
Kohli too batted at no.3 for the Indian U-19 team in the 2008 U-19 World Cup

Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill both grabbed the eye-balls of the fans and selectors while representing the Indian team in the U-19 World Cup. However, if we compare the performance of both the batsmen, we will see that Gill actually performed way better than Kohli did in the U-19 World Cup.

The current Indian skipper had aggregated 235 runs at an average of 47 in the 2008 U-19 World Cup batting at no.3. On the other hand, Shubman Gill scored 418 runs in the 2018 U-19 World Cup at a superior average of 104.50. Also, Gill was adjudged the man of the tournament for his vital contributions which helped the Indian team win the U-19 World Cup.

Thus, in the first stage of their cricket careers, Shubman Gill emerged to be a better batsman than Kohli.

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Vinay Chhabaria is a cricket and WWE enthusiast who loves Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Shield WWE. He started watching cricket since 2006. The young sports analyst is a former cooking blog owner who shared recipes online. He is also the Mr.Fresher of his college which displays his fantastic personality. Mr.Chhabaria also watches Kabaddi and Tennis.
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