“KL Rahul had enough chances, but he didn’t deliver, but Shopman Gill…”
KL Rahul’s form came under the scanner after another failed attempt from India to win T20 Globalism Glass. In this failed campaign, Rahul’s inability to give India good starts probably cost Rohit Sharma and his men the most. Moreover, his temperament to play big matches was certainly in question as he played half-centuries against weaker teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
With Rahul now taking a break from the series in New Zealand, former Pakistan captain Danish Kaneria has backed Shubman Gill to be good for the upcoming three-match ODI series. Unlike Rahul, Gill was in a sublime touch. He has already scored 579 runs in his 12 ODIs so far with a century against the West Indies in Port of Spain. In the absence of Rahul, Gill can make the most of his opportunity and boost his chances of playing the 2023 ODI World Cup for India.
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“India should look at Shubman Gill, with the World Cup (2023) in mind. He’s a great player. Rohit Sharma will remain the away captain, but he’ll need good players. Kuala Lumpur Rahul got enough chances, but he didn’t make it. He wasn’t consistent. He said Kaneria on his Youtube channel, “But Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson have given consistent performances”.
Earlier in the year, Gill had impressed on day trips during India’s tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He was the Player of the Series in both series for his consistent performances.
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“Mahi bhai at least said your debut was better than mine”: when MS Dhoni Consolation Schopman Gill
India’s rising star Shubman Gill didn’t make his perfect debut for the national team in 2019 when he was sent off during an ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton for 9. Zealand chased down the target in 14.4 overs to win by eight wickets.
The 19-year-old Gill was very disappointed by his early dismissal and recalled how the legendary MS Dhoni comforted him afterwards, a gesture that left a huge impression on the teenager.
“On my debut we were out for 90 (92), and I took a lead of 9. I was sitting thinking I was out early, we lost the match too,” Gil recalled on Diane Galan’s TV show.
He continued, “Mahi (Dhoni) Bhai saw that I was sad. I was 19 at the time. And he said, ‘Don’t worry, at least your debut was better than mine!'” “He ran out. Then he started joking. My mood improved. No player would expect a player of his stature to bear such a burden to help a rookie. So, I really liked his gesture and thought I should be like him.”
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