“People like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid giving you confidence, that’s what a youngster wants”: Shubman Gill

Rahul Dravid) is not the kind of a coach who would go onto the player and say improve this on your technique or do this or do that: Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

India’s promising opening batsman Shubman Gill grabbed everyone’s eyeballs during the historic Test series against Australia. The youngster played some phenomenal knocks to serve magnificently in the team’s victory Down Under.

Many cricket experts and fans leapt massive praises for the 21-year-old, tagging him as a player to watch out for in the future. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly had even said that he saw glimpses of Brian Lara and Kane Williamson in Gill’s batting.

Reacting to this, Gill mentioned that such statements are all that a youngster needs in his career. He also talked about his experience while working under Rahul Dravid during his Under-19 level days.

“As a youngster that’s all you want. People who you have looked up to, people like Sourav Gangly, people like Rahul Dravid giving you confidence and that’s basically whatever the youngster wants. And obviously, when you hear compliments like that from such great players that boost your confidence and you are furthermore motivated to do well,” Gill said while featuring on The Grade Cricketer.

“He (Rahul Dravid) is not that kind of a coach who would go onto the player and say improve this on your technique or do this or do that. He is the kind of coach who would focus more on the mental aspect of life, you know, tactical aspects,” he added.

‘Would never face the first ball in Test cricket ever again’

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

The Fazilka-born recalled the recently-concluded Ahmedabad Test against England where veteran speedster James Anderson got him out for a three-ball duck. Gill further said that he regretted the decision of taking the strike on the first ball of the innings and would not repeat that in future.

“I don’t know why I said to him that I’ll take the strike in this one. I don’t know why I said it again. Obviously, that didn’t work out for me as I got out for a duck in the third or the fourth ball for a duck but that won’t be happening again,” Gill concluded. 

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