Shubman Gill has been one of the expected names, which missed to tour West Indies in the Virat Kohli-led side. The flamboyant young batsman has scored massive runs to his name in the recent past while playing for India-A., but, unfortunately, couldn’t find a place in the senior team. However, the youngster isn’t depressed, as he wants to live in the present.
Recently, Shubman Gill struck an unbeaten double century as India A recovered from a disastrous top-order collapse against West Indies A on the third day of the unofficial Test against Trinidad. Gill, who was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the first innings, made up for it with an unbeaten 204.
A Man-of-the-Series performance in limited-overs for India-A in the West Indies last month should have helped the teenaged prodigy ease into the senior set-up at the start of a new World Cup cycle. But Gill himself doesn’t seem too bothered by his non-selection.
Pressure, expectation never come to my mind – Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill quoted that he doesn’t want to take any pressure on himself. Instead, he wants to put pressure on selectors by knocking runs on a consistent basis for his side. He’s been lined-up as the next big thing in Indian cricket, but the youngster isn’t bogged down by the weight of expectations.
“Whenever I go out to play, things like pressure and expectations never come to my head,” Gill told The Times of India. “The thing that comes to my head is ‘how am I going to score runs on this wicket and how I am going to tackle these bowlers’.”
As A Captain, I will try players to get motivated:
The next assignment for the youngster is Duleep Trophy where he will be leading the India Blue side. Speaking of the tournament and his role as a captain, Gill said that he would like to make sure of his teammates get confidence and perform in the middle for the team.
“As a captain, it is important for me to make sure that players are switched on so that they don’t think of personal goals all the time. If we are going to win these matches and get to the final you get one more opportunity to perform.”
However, it would be interesting to see when selectors would give the nod to Shubman Gill. The youngster got the right technique to play across the formats under pressure as well.