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Last Update: February 02, 2023, 16:58 IST
Batting maestro Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma praised Shubman Gill for his performances with the bat in the recent past. The 23-year-old has been in tremendous form in recent times as he scored a Test century against Bangladesh in December last year and then scored a double century in ODIs against New Zealand, while he scored his maiden T20 century on Wednesday.
He became the fifth Indian after Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli to score a century across formats. He also posted the highest T20I score by an Indian with his 126 against New Zealand in the series decider.
Rajkumar was impressed with Gill’s brilliant knock on Wednesday and said he has all the qualities to reach the level of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
“Great to see that this youngster has beaten two greats of the game on that list. This shows that he has the hunger to score big. Virat and Rohit have won so many matches India And as a team, you want new players to come forward as well. I believe Gill has the ability to reach the league of Virat and Rohit,” Rajkumar told India News.
The veteran coach emphasized Gill’s solid technique and predicted that he has the potential to become a great player in the future.
He said, ‘It is too early to say for sure, but he (Gill) has the potential to become the greatest player of the next generation. He also has a solid technique, temperament and hunger to score big runs. When you are so calm at such a young age and you have a good work ethic, you have the quality to become a great player,” he said.
Gill, who failed to score big in the first two T20Is, made up for it and hit 12 fours and 7 sixes during his brutal innings. He reached his hundred with a cracking boundary over cover and then roared loudly to celebrate the special feat.
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Shubman would feel lucky to play such an innings in front of Sachin Tendulkar. The kind of shots he played and the way he dominated the bowlers, even Sachin would have liked his knock. Be it a spinner or a fast bowler, he looked fearless batting and continued to shine.”
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