India U19 World Cup star Shubman Gill hits seventh fifty-plus score in nine innings

Ajit Vijaykumar 08:41 02/12/2018
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Shubman Gill.

India‘s Under19 World Cup star Shubman Gill is in rich form at the moment, churning out runs in all formats.

The talented batsman emerged as a bright prospect for India’s batting following the U19 World Cup where he was the second highest run scorer with 372 runs from six games including one ton and three fifties.

He was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. The Punjab batsman has continued his superlative form in domestic cricket, putting runs on board in white and red ball matches.

Gill averages 49 in 34 List A matches and nearly 60 after four first-class games. The 19-year-old hit four fifty-plus scores in six List A games – including a century – and took that form to first-class games, hitting two fifties in the Ranji Trophy match against Andhra last month.

Then, turning up for India ‘A’ against New Zealand A in the third unofficial Test in Whangarei, Gill hit 62.

That took his tally to seven fifty plus scores in his last nine outings. That’s an incredibly consistent run across formats and conditions.

It augurs well for Indian cricket that their U19 stars are performing consistently. Gill’s U19 teammate Prithvi Shaw has already made a whirlwind start to international cricket. He hit a century and a fifty in his first two Tests and has been pencilled in for the Australia tour. While Shaw has injured his ankle and is out of the first Test, he should feature in the Test series at some point.

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