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Shubman Gill and the Kiwi connect

15 Jan 2019, 16:29 IST

Gill was named the Player of the Series in the Under 19 World Cup
Gill was named the Player of the Series in the Under 19 World Cup

What's the story?

Shubman Gill has received the admiration and respect from cricketing fans all around the world in the past 1 year. A dream which began exactly a year back in New Zealand came to reality for the nineteen-year-old who recently received his maiden call for the Indian side for the ODI and T20 series against the Kiwis in New Zealand.

Gill's rise to fame

Gill was the star of the show for the Indian Under-19 team which won the World Cup for a record 4th time in 2018.

Gill's rise has been formidable from the younger ranks as he won the BCCI's award for the 'Junior Cricketer of the Year' for not only 2013-14, but also in the following year 2014-15. Gill was named the player of the series for his splendid show in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

New Zealand has been a happy hunting ground for Gill as he scored 372 runs at an outstanding average of 124 in the World Cup. He scored these runs with a strike rate of 112.38 dominating the opposition and leading the charge for his side. Following his show in the World Cup, he was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL 2018 for ₹1.8 crores.

In the past one year Shubman has played as an opener, a middle-order batsman and a lower order batsman. He plays as an opener for his domestic side Punjab, for the Under-19 team he played at No.3 whereas for the Kolkata Knight Riders he played at No.7. At the domestic circuit, Gill shattered all the charts as he scored over 1000 runs in 9 games, at an average of 77.78.

Gill is used to the conditions in New Zealand as he was a part of the India A side which toured New Zealand. He got starts in both the ODI games but couldn't convert those starts to big scores as he usually does. Apart from this Gill will be looking to make the most of his maiden call and continue where he left off for the Under-19 side last year.

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