India is breeding fresh talent in the cricketing arena, through the domestic circuit of their own which has introduced the world to the stars of tomorrow, such as Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, and the player of the series in the recent U19 ICC Cricket World Cup – Shubman Gill.
The Punjab born cricketer had been making the headlines for quite a while in the Ranji Trophy after having an average beyond hundred in his last five innings, with a score of 268 also in the locker against Tami Nadu. Gill was rewarded for his batting display after chief selector MSK Prasad ensured his trust on the teenage sensation by adding him to the Indian squad that’s on the tour to New Zealand.
Overwhelmed with the opportunity given to him, Shubman Gill expressed his delight of being a member of Kohli’s brigade, and also spoke about sharing the same dressing room with the skipper as a dream come true for the youngster.
“I am really looking forward to meeting him [Kohli], having a chat with him, and closely looking at the way he practices for games. I think because of him, a lot of trends have changed in Team India. Fitness levels have changed for most players, and India is one of the best fielding sides in the world right now,” Gill said.
Shubman also spoke about ways of contributing to the team, does he get the nod from the captain and the management in the playing XI with the willow, as well as through his presence in the field.
“All these things are very important. When your role is purely of a batsman or a bowler, it’s possible that two out of five games, you could fail to impress. So you need to find other ways to contribute to your team. These are really important aspects of cricket,” he further added.
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