India crushed Pakistan by a handsome 203-run margin in the big semifinal on January 30 and registered another sensational performance in the ICC Under-19 World Cup. This was India’s fifth biggest win in the history of the U19 World Cup. India has also booked themselves a place in the final, where they will face three-time winners Australia.
From the Indian side one player who made a mockery of Pakistani bowling attack was Shubman Gill. He remained unbeaten at 102 as he took India to 272/9 in designated 50 overs. He is also India’s highest scorer in the tournament with 341 runs in 6 matches. He has scored three fifties and a century in six matches of the tournament. The teenager scored 63 against Australia in the opening match, an unbeaten 90 runs against Zimbabwe and 86 versus Bangladesh that helped India set up a semi-finals clash with Pakistan on January 30.
Gill is a right-hand top-order batsman, and is also the vice-captain of India in 2018 Under-19 World Cup.
His impressive performance in domestic cricket had most of the franchises bidding for him during the IPL 11 auction 2018. ith a base price of Rs 20 lakh, the 18-year-old Shubman, was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 1.8 crore in Bengaluru. His parents too were thrilled to see his name in the auction list.
During the match against Zimbabwe, Gill, who delivered a sensational innings of 90 not out, played a shot similar of Indian senior team skipper Virat Kohli’s short-arm jab, played against England in the ODI series at home in 2017. This made people comparing his batting style as that of Kohli.
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Virat Kohli invents short-arm jab & Shubman Gill reproduces it https://t.co/iikOAnWkda
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The 18-year-old protege of U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has made a name for himself since his first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in November 2017.
Born on September 8, 1999 in Fazilka town of Punjab, Gill belong to a famer family. His father was convinced of his talent and moved the family to Mohali so he could pursue his dreams of becoming a cricketer.