Shubman Gill is an Indian cricketer who plays for the India U19 cricket team. Born on 8 September 1999 in Firozpur, Punjab, the right handed batsman and right arm off break bowler plays as an opening batsman for the team.
Shubman rose to prominence following his performances in the ICC U19 World Cup 2018. He scored 372 runs in the tournament, bagging the Player of the Tournament trophy and featured in the ICC Team of The World Cup.
Gill’s family has ancestral farmlands in his hometown in Punjab. Interested in cricket since a young age, he used to practice batting on a turf pitch constructed by his father on their farm.
As Shubman got better with days, they moved to Mohali so that he could get quality cricket training.
Shubman had been a big hitter since early times. He had amassed 351 runs in the inter-district cricket championship of Punjab in 2014. He scored an unbeaten double century in the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and announced his arrival in style.
Gill made his List-A debut on 25th February 2017 against Vidarbha. His first-class debut came on 27th November 2017 as a member of the Punjab Ranji team. He scored a half-century in the first match and 129 in the second against Bengal.
His international debut for the U-19 Indian cricketer team came against England U-19 at the age of 17, where he hit two back-to-back centuries.
Rise to glory
After impressing domestically and internationally, he was selected and appointed as the vice-captain of the India U19 team in December 2017 for the 2018 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Shubman shone in the World Cup, hitting 372 runs from five innings and finishing second in the rankings.
In the Group B match against Zimbabwe, Gill scored unbeaten 90 runs from 59 balls as India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets. The quarter-final saw him hitting 86 off 94 balls with India beating Bangladesh by 113 runs.
He scored a century in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan, hitting a blazing unbeaten 102 from 94 balls. India won by 203 runs with Gill winning the Man of the Match award.
In the finals against Australia, he scored 31 runs from 30 balls, helping India clinch an eight-wicket victory and winning the U19 World Cup for a record fourth time.
Following his impressive stint in the World Cup and domestic tournaments, Shubman caught eyes of the cricketing fraternity and was bought for Rs. 1.8 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Indian Premier League auction.
Gill has amassed 1188 runs in 14 innings in the Youth ODIs and has an average of 111.80. He is the only youth player ever to achieve a 100-plus batting average.
He has twice been awarded BCCI's 'Best Junior Cricketer' (U-14 and U-16) Award' in 2013-14 and 2014-15. He was given the award by captain Virat Kohli, whom the youngster fondly idolizes.