India’s ICC U-19 World Cup victory in 2018 not only proved the country’s dominance on the world cricket, it also gave a glimpse of some of the future cricketing stars. One such outstanding talent was Shubman Gill. During the entire tournament, the youngster’s performances with the bat shone through and throttled him into the limelight. Keeping aside the final against Australia, he scored 50+ scores in all the games he played topped a blazing hundred in the semi-final against the arch-rivals, Pakistan.
From that moment this young prodigy has made a buzz in cricket lovers mind. Even the pundits have stated that this wonder kid is going to be one of the prime batsmen for the India cricket team in the future. The lad who played with bat and ball as a toy in childhood as worked hard and today he is marching on the road of success. Among the pool of top cricketing talents India, add Shubman Gill’s name to that list.
Shubman Singh Gill
Date of Birth
September 8, 1999
31st January 2019
Right-arm off break
Teams Played for
Punjab, India U19, India C, Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill Biography
Shubman Gill was born in Fazilka, a city Punjab to Lakhwinder Gill and Keart Gill. He has a sister named Shahneel Gill.
His father Lakhwinder Singh once spoke about his son’s passion for the game. “Shubman never liked any other toy. He always loved playing with the bat and ball. He used to play with the cricket bat and ball even during going to bed,” Lakhwinder told PTI.
“We fully supported him for achieving his dream to become a cricketer, dedicating 15 years on him to enable him to become a world-class cricketer. We even left our work and skipped several family functions including marriage ceremonies of our relatives so we could dedicate as much time as we could on him,” he added further.
His father an agriculturist would ask the hired help on the farm to throw balls at Gill to help him practice batting. Lakhwinder was convinced of his talent and moved the family to Mohali and rented a house near the PCA Stadium.
While he was anonymously working out at the small academy opposite to Mohali’s PCA stadium, former Indian pacer Karsan Ghavri held a bowling camp for talented seamers where he needed kids to bat against his bowlers. And incidentally, that’s when young Shubman came into the picture.
In an Under-16 Inter-District tournament, he scored 351 runs in one innings. Even on his Under-16 state debut for Punjab, he smashed an unbeaten double century. All this came in the year 2014. He made his List A debut for Punjab in 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy in the same year.
As the years were passing the young gun was making an impact in his games. In 2018, Shubman was named in India C’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. The form led him to make an entry in 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.
With his batting powers in the domestic level he impressed the selectors and was given a chance to play in U19 side in 2017. In February, India won the series in England which Shubman was part of. In the same year, he was named the vice-captain of India’s squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Gill made the entire nation proud with his batting skills on the international level. He was the leading run-scorer for India in the World Cup, with 372 runs. He was also named the player of the tournament. The young talent was also called as a squad member when India (senior team) traveled to New Zealand in 2018 but couldn’t make a debut.
Setting IPL on Fire
Following Gill’s Player of the Series award in the U-19 World Cup, he attracted the interest of four franchises during IPL 2018 auction including Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals. However, in the end, KKR made the final bid and snatched him for Rs 1.80 crore. This season, he has scored 296 runs at an impressive average of 32.88 from 14 matches.
Emphatic, easy win for #KKR. And many positives too, none more than the composure of Shubman Gill. He is talented, true, but it is his composure that will take him far
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019
- Shubman has twice been awarded BCCI’s ‘Best Junior Cricketer’ (U-14 and U-16) Award’ in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
- He was the player of the tournament of 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- He holds the world record of scoring 587 runs in partnership with Nirmal Singh.
Lesser Known Facts
- He always keeps red handkerchief while batting.
- At the age of 8, he would wake up at 3:30 am, get ready for two hours of practice from 4, attend school, return in the afternoon for more cricket.
- Shubman is the only batsman who has an average of 100 and above.
- He is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and current Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
- His favourite football club is FC Barcelona.
Shubman has a contract of ₹ 1.8 crores with IPL club Kolkata Knight Riders. Moreover, he rising cricketing star also has an advertising contract in place with Danone. He will be the face of protein powder brand Protinex for the next 5 years.
An appetite for runs matched with a temperament rated way beyond his years – Shubman Gill has all the makings of a star cricketer. With marvelous Under 19 success and IPL form, he is already giving a knock on the national door. A boy whose wicket was priced at ₹ 100 at the age of five, has unquestionably come a long way to realize his dreams of playing for India. If he keeps his hard work and determination, it would not be much longer when we see Shuman Gill don the blue jersey. Going by his immense potential, we can concretely say that this young gun is destined for bigger and greater things in the future.
— Prof. Boies Pilled bell 🤘 (@lil_boies) May 3, 2019