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Shubman Gill Guides India- ‘C’ to Deodhar Trophy Final

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The 19-year-old hit a 106*; Ishan Kishan scored 69 from 60 in an easy win

It was a hot day, as always, in the heart of Delhi. Under the blazing sun, two sides were slogging it out for a place in the finals of the coveted Deodhar trophy. However, it was India C who emerged as the victorious of the two, with a convincing six-wicket victory over India A here on Thursday.

One player to shine brightly, in particular, was a 19-year-old Punjabi batsman – Shubman Gill.

The youngster was in his prime, as he hit bowlers after bowlers without a hint of blemish. The highlight of the match has to be the moment when Gill skipped down the pitch and hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a mid-wicket sixer. That shot against India’s veteran off-spinner precisely summed up the confidence level that he is at the moment. The one question that troubled the spectators was: Is Shubman Gill the next star batsman to follow the footsteps of Prithvi Shaw?

National Selectors, Beware!

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Shubman Gill put forth an all-rounded performance in his match-winning innings of 106*. Astute footwork. Check. Decision-making temperament. Check. Fabulous downswing. Check. You just name it, and Gill had it delivered. He displayed a very wide range of skill sets.

His century was all the more impressive considering the fact that he was facing a formidable India A bowling attack in R Ashwin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddharth Kaul, and Mohammad Siraj. All these are experienced and seasoned bowlers. However, each one of them failed to stop the youngster.

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Gill regularly changed his playing style throughout his play, calibrating himself to an ever-changing Kotla pitch. He came in when India C seemed to struggle at 85/3. They needed a solid partnership, and Gill provided just that. In fact, he played with a view of forging partnerships, another cornerstone of his abilities. This was epitomized by the 121-run partnership that he built with another rising star, Ishan Kishan for the fourth wicket. Post the latter’s dismissal, Shubman joined forces with Suryakumar Yadav, to seal the match with 3 overs to go. Yadav also scored a quick-fire knock of 56 from just 36 runs to round-off an all-rounded performance.

After Prithvi Shaw, Shubman will make an interesting case for the selectors, who have time and again shown promise in the young talent.

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Asked about his ability to build partnerships, Gill revealed that he understood his partner’s game and “rotate the strike to keep the run-rate under control.”

First Innings

India A would be disheartened by their performance, as they had mounted a competitive total on the scoresheet and had a more than able bowling attack to close off the match. A Rana and AR Easwaran contributed a vital 68 (76) and 69 (103) runs to provide them with a solid foundation. Later, a now-fit Kedar Jadhav hit 41 runs off just 25 balls to give his team a strong end as they managed to put up a competitive score of 293/6.

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Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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