In the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies, Indian lead-off hitter Shubman Gill was in fine form, registering 205 runs, with a best score of 98 in the third and final ODI. This achievement helped him win the Player of the Series award. After the series win, stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan had said that Gill has a bit of Rohit touch in him. However, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris thinks it’s too early to call him a complete player and there are holes in his technique.
“You’re always learning, even towards the end Tendulkar was still learning about his craft and he played, what was it? 200 test matches. So, you know, I don’t think you would ever label someone so young, like Shubman Gill, as a “Full Player. I still think there are holes in his game. I think there are gaps in his technique that the opponent will try to exploit, but he has all the skills and the other component,” said Styris on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show. SPORT OVER THE TOP.”
“What makes a world-class player is their mental thought process and their maturity and leadership. And I think he has that too. And for that reason, yes you are absolutely right, you can keep him there with the Rohits, KL Rahuls and Shikhars in terms of openers,” he added.
On the other hand, former national selector Saba Karim believes that Gill can lead Punjab in domestic tournaments and that the leadership experience will help the right-handed batter in the future.
“I think it’s good to get some experience. And I think a year, two years around the line we might see Shubman elevated to lead one of these in the India T20 competition. And I think that once he gets that kind of experience, in addition, he can lead Punjab at the domestic level which will suit him well. So he will gain experience and as you rightly said, he has shown some leadership qualities. So Shubman Gill will be really good do in the future,” said Karim.
“I consider him a versatile player because at this stage you’ve seen him hit so well for India as an opener. But if he gets the chance I’m sure he can do well at number three, number four and I think especially in the T20 format you look at players who can hit number one, number two and number 3. So I think Shubman Gill can fit into that kind of mold quite easily,” he added.
On Saturday, Gill was named in the Indian roster for the upcoming three-game ODI series against Zimbabwe, which starts on August 18.
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