Scott Styris pointed out that Shubman Gill’s game is far from perfect given the constant need to learn cricket, but his mental attributes have the potential to make him one of the game’s elite fly-half. opinions were echoed by Saba Karim who spoke about Gill’s future plans.
After a quiet few months on the international stage, Shubman Gill has ensured his name is on the lips of every cricket pundit talking about India after his recent exploits in the West Indies. Playing all three ODIs in the Caribbean, the fly-half won the man of the series award with stellar batting performances in all of his games.
The 22-year-old started with a brilliantly paced 64 before playing a compound shot 43 in the second ODI at Quen’s Park Oval. He saved his best for last as he topped the host bowers for a game-winning 98 in the final game. The youngster getting his first international century seemed like a certainty until the rain played spoilsport and left him hanging on the worrying number. Nonetheless, Gill assured he returned to the conversation about next year’s likely World Cup openings at home with hopes of usurping Shikhar Dhawanhas its place in programming.
Despite the displays, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes there is plenty of room for improvement in Gill’s technique, but there’s no doubting his potential to be a world-class fly-half.
“You’re still learning, even towards the end Tendulkar was still learning his craft and he played, what was that? 200 test matches. So, you know, I think, you would never tag somebody. one as young as Shubman Gill, like a complete player. I still think there are holes in his game. I think there are holes in his technique that the opposition will look to exploit, but he has all the skills and the other component,” Styris said on SPORTS18’s daily sports news program ‘SPORTS ABOVE’.
“What makes a world-class player is his mental thought process, his maturity and his leadership. And I think he has that too. And for that reason, yeah, you’re absolutely right, you can keep it up there with the Rohits, KL Rahuls and Shikhars in terms of openers,” he added.
The praise was backed up by national coach Saba Karim who believes leadership roles are essential in the development of the right-handed batsman.
“I think it’s good to get some kind of experience. And I think a year, two years around the line, we might see Shubman brought up to lead one of them in the Indian T20 league.And I think once he gets that kind of experience, Also, he can successfully lead Punjab at national level which he will really enjoy.Thus he will gain experience and, as you rightly said, he has shown some leadership skills, so that will really do Shubman Gill well in the future,” Karim said.
Gill plays for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League and over the years he has performed well in the elite tournament. However, he is yet to make his T20I debut for India, although he already has six ODI caps and 11 Tests under his belt. Nonetheless, Karim is a strong proponent of hitting given his ability to hit anywhere in the higher order.
“I consider him a versatile player because at this stage he has been seen hitting so well for India as a fly-half. But given the opportunity, I’m sure he can do well at the number three, to number four and I think especially in the T20 format you look at players who can beat number one, number two and number 3. So I think in that kind of mold, Shubman Gill can fit integrate quite easily,” he added.
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