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Shubman Gill is growing up as one of the great futures in Indian cricket. Recently, the 19-year-old has revealed one mantra of Rahul Dravid that he always keeps in mind.
Shubman Gill became hit in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 where he played an essential role for the national team to win that tournament. At the end of that tournament, Gill won the Player of the Tournament award after finishing as the second most run-scorer (372 runs in five innings) in that tournament.
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The former Indian captain Rahul Dravid was the coach of that India U19 squad. Besides that, Dravid is also the head coach of India A side. Recently, Gill has revealed that Rahul Dravid adviced him never to change the basic game, which led him to success.
According to PTI, Gill said, “Rahul sir has been my coach since the India U-19 days and then India A. There is one basic advice from him which I always keep in mind. He would tell me that come what may, never change your basic game that got you success.”
Shubman Gill further added that Dravid told him to make all the adjustment within the confines of his basic game.
Gill claimed, “He (Dravid) said that if we want to get technically more solid, all the adjustments that we make should be within the confines of our basic game.
“Rahul sir told me that if I change my game, it won’t be natural anymore and may not provide success. His focus has always been on the mental make-up while we face the challenge posed by the best.”
Shubman Gill reveals his one of the best knocks in red-ball cricket
Recently, during the Windies A and India A unofficial Test series on the Caribbean soil, Gill smashed an incredible double century at the pressure situation. In the second innings when India A were struggling on 50/4, he had the unbroken 315 runs partnership along with the captain Hanuma Vihari for the fifth wicket. The youngster scored 204 not out off 248 balls with 19 fours and two sixes.
With that knock, Gill became the youngest Indian batsman to score a double-century in first-class cricket.
Gill has claimed that it was his one of the best knocks in the red-ball cricket.
He said, “I would certainly rate my double hundred against the West Indies A as one of my best knocks in red ball (cricket) considering the opposition, surface and match situation.”
In that Caribbean tour, Gill finished as the leading run-scorer in both first-class and List A series. In the List A series, Gill scored 218 runs in four innings with an average of 54.50. He scored 10, 62, 77 and 69 runs respectively in that series.
On the other hand, the right-handed batsman scored 244 runs in three innings of the first-class series with an average of 122.00.
Since his international debut early this year, Shubman Gill has played only two ODIs and scored 16 runs.