WTC Final: He Has Got Nothing To Prove Anymore… – Farokh Engineer On Comparisons Between Shubman Gill And Virat Kohli
Oct 9, 2023 at 5:39 PM
Former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer feels that it is unfair to compare young Indian opener Shubman Gill to Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli, as the young Indian opener is still in the early playing days of his career. The 23-year-old is already touted to be the next big thing in Indian Cricket, as he played exceedingly well in recent times.
Shubman Gill has been in the form of life since the start of the 2023 season, proving to be a vital cog for the Indian team in International Cricket with a record double hundred in ODI Cricket, followed by a maiden century in T20 cricket and his last test match he scored a century against Australia and carried on his form to IPL 2023.
Speaking to PTI, Farokh Engineer feels that it is too early to compare Shubman Gill with the star Indian batter Virat Kohli, as the former Indian skipper has got nothing to prove to anyone in the world about his capabilities in World cricket and lauded him as one of the best players in the World and reckons that Shubman Gill has got the tremendous skillset to play at the highest level for the Indian team in all three formats.
“It is too early to talk about Gill being the heir apparent as Virat has got a few good years left in him. He has got nothing to prove anymore as he has been a superb player and captain for India. He remains the best in the world. Gill is a very good batter and is in the form of his life and I am sure he will do well in Tests as well. Gill has proved that T20 cricket is not all about slogging and you can play in conventional style as well,” Farokh Engineer said.
The Right-hander opener is the frontline opener for the Indian team in the WTC final and ODI World Cup alongside skipper Rohit Sharma, as his form will be crucial for men in blue going into the all-important ICC events.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is expected to play a pivotal role for India against Australia in India’s batting innings to give the side a real chance to make a comeback in the game, after conceding 327-3 at the end of Day 1. In the previous encounter against Australia, he played a fine knock of 186 in Ahmedabad in the final test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy and would look to continue his fine form going into his first red-ball game in two months.