Shubman Gill is an Indian cricketer who represents Punjab in first-class cricket. A top-order batsman, Gill was the standout performer for India Under-19 when the team toured England in 2017 for two Youth Tests and five One-Day International games. After scoring 174 in the Test series, he scored 278 runs in four One-Day International games, including a blistering 147 in the third match to be the top of the run charts despite being rested for one game.
Gill is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. He made his List A debut for Punjab in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 25 February 2017. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy on 17 November 2017. In his second first-class match, he notched up his maiden century, batting for Punjab against Services.
In December 2017, he was named vice captain of India’s squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
In January 2017, he got his first Indian Premier League contract. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crores.
Born in Chak Khedevala, Shubman showed a keen interest in the game from a very young age. But lack of facilities in their village soon compelled his family to shift their bases to Mohali in 2007. There Shubham was admitted at the Mohali Cricket Association at the age of eight.
Gill made a name for himself with his prolific run-scoring in junior-level cricket. In 2013-14, he made it to Punjab’s Vijay Merchant Under-16 squad. Gill went on to score 734 runs at an average of 73.40 in seven matches, leading Punjab to the finals. He had scored a century in that match but Punjab lost the game.
In the following year, he once again scored a century in the same tournament and led Punjab to the title. Gill piled up 1,018 runs at 92.54 in seven matches, to lead his side from the front.
He received his first breakthrough at the senior level in 2016 when he played under the captaincy of Harbhajan Singh in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Gill made an immediate impact by scoring 121 in his very second match and ended the competition with 247 runs under his belt.
He was the leading run-scorer for India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, scoring 372 runs. He was also named the player of the series.
In January 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹1.8 crore (US$280,000) in the 2018 IPL auction.