Shubman Gill, a right-handed top-order batsman from Punjab, is known for his love for huge runs. Gill, who was born in Fazilka, Punjab, had an early supporter in his father, Lakhwinder Singh, who relocated to Mohali and rented a home near the PCA Stadium so that his son could grow up with better access to cricket. It wasn’t long before Gill was making headlines.
Shubman Gill made his List-A debut against Vidharbha in 2017 and his first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy in late 2017, scoring a half-century and 129 runs. In January 2019, he made his international debut for the Indian cricket team.
|Date of Birth||September 8, 1999|
|Age (as of 2022)||22 years|
|Birthplace||Fazika, Punjab, India|
|Father Name||Lakhwinder Singh (Agriculturist)|
|Mother Name||Kirat Gill|
|Sister Name||Shahneel Kaur Gill (Elder)|
|Girlfriend||Sara Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar’s Daughter)|
|Debut||Test: Vs Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), (26-12-2020)|
ODI: Vs New Zealand, Seddon Park (31-01-2019)
T20I: Not Played
|IPL Debut||Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Eden Gardens (14-04-2018)|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Total Net Worth||₹7.4 crores|
He was named vice-captain of India’s Under-19 team for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Shubman finished the tournament with 372 runs at an average of 124.00. He batted at number three and was named Player of the Tournament for his contribution to India’s record fourth global triumph. His match-winning 102 not out against arch-rivals Pakistan U-19 in the semi-final received acclaim from batting legends.
Shubman Gill scored 351 at Punjab’s Inter-District U16 tournament in 2014, including a 587-run opening partnership with Nirmal Singh. Then he went on to make his U16 debut for Punjab at the 2016 Vijay Merchant Trophy, scoring a double hundred. Later that year, he shared the stage with his idol Virat Kohli while accepting the BCCI award for best junior cricketer, which he won for two years in a row: 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Shubman Gill made his List A debut for Punjab in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy, batting one-down, and went on to make his first-class debut in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, where he batted as an opener and scored his maiden half-century before stepping it up in the next game with a maiden hundred against Services.
Recruiting To U19 team
Shubman Gill earned the BCCI award for Best Junior Cricketer for two years in a row in 2013-14 and 2014-15, puuting him under radar for the U19 team. When he was selected, Gill starred in India’s convincing 3-1 win over England in the Youth ODIs, amassing 351 runs in four innings, and then went on to match his high standards in his first tour of England shortly after.
Gill clearly appeared the finest batter among his peers at the World Cup. He easily outperformed even Prithvi Shaw, the 18-year-old Mumbai batsman who had the media buzzing with a whopping five first-class hundreds. Gill’s bottom-handed approach, popularised by Virat Kohli and others, enables him to play in a similar mould. He scored runs quickly, alternating between rapid singles and doubles and strong smashes across the field, and he stood out as much for his batting ability as he did for his defensive ability.
Shubman Gill returned from the World Cup in New Zealand to the unglamorous grind of playing Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He began the event with modest scores of 25, 4, and 8, but quickly recovered, flaying a match-winning 123 against a rampaging Karnataka team.
2019: The Career Defining Year
Shubman Gill’s strong performances in the 2018-19 domestic season indicated that he was easily moving into a senior India player. 2019 has the potential to be a career-defining year for the Punjab youth. He was initially selected for the ODIs in New Zealand, where he also made his international debut.
Gill had scored 990 runs in first-class cricket from fourteen innings over eight matches as of January 1, 2019. One week later, in his sixteenth innings, he struck his 1,000th run in first-class cricket. With 728 runs in five matches, he was Punjab’s best run-scorer in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy. The International Cricket Council (ICC) designated him one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League competition in March 2019. In addition, he was named Emerging Player of the Tournament in the 2019 Indian Premier League.
He was selected captain of the India Blue squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy in August 2019. Gill was named captain of the India C squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy in October 2019. In November 2019, he made history by becoming the tournament’s youngest captain. He was 20 years and 57 days old, breaking Virat Kohli’s previous record of 21 years and 124 days during the 2009–10 tournament.
With India’s perennial number-four problem, many thought Shubman Gill would be benched with the World Cup just around the corner, yet after only a few games, he found himself out of the squad. Of course, both the selectors and he realised that age was on his side and that his time would come.
Shubman Gill batted in the top order in the 2019 IPL and had a significant impact. His successes in red-ball cricket, on the other hand, have persuaded people of his batting abilities. Gill has built a claim for a spot across formats by churning out runs for fun in his brief First-class career thus far, and has appropriately been selected as a back-up opener for the home Tests against South Africa.