While early this year, the 20-year-old Indian youngster Shubman Gill entered into the controversy for abusing the on-field umpire after wrongly giving him out in a Ranji Trophy match, the former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has now clarified that the youngster didn’t abuse anyone, only questioned that decision.
It was the Elite Group A stage match of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 between Punjab and Delhi at Mohali that was played in early January. In the early first innings of that match, the young Punjab opener Shubman Gill was wrongly given out at 10 runs while the youngster reportedly abused the on-field umpires and also refused to walk-off the field. Later, the on-field umpires overturned that decision.
That overall situation created chaos on the field for around 12 minutes as the Delhi players protested against that overturned decision by walking off the field. After that situation get cooled down, Gill resumed his batting but didn’t take much advantage as only added 13 more runs and he was ultimately dismissed for 23 runs.
Shubman Gill is a special talent: Yuvraj Singh
Gill was massively criticised for that incident, and later, he was fined 100 per cent of his match fees. Though Yuvraj Singh didn’t play that game, he was at the ground during that match. The former Indian cricketer has claimed that the youngster never abused anyone, only questioned the decision. Yuvraj has backed the youngster as he has learned Gill’s hunger for the game. The former Indian all-rounder even called Gill as a special talent.
Yuvraj said according to Hindustan Times, “I was there at the ground during the match. He never abused anyone. He just questioned the decision. Sometimes batsmen do that. Look, he is young and hungry to do well. When I started playing, I too experienced such incidents. And if a player makes a mistake, he will rectify it. He is a special talent.”
Shubman Gill made his international in early 2019 during the ODI series in New Zealand. Till the date, the right-handed batsman has played two ODIs, both in that 2019 New Zealand tour, and scored just 16 runs (average 8.00). However, the youngster was in very good form in the last season (2019/20) for his domestic teams and India A.