Shubman Gill is having a great year on the court, especially in the 50-over format. Having proven his mettle in the longer form, the youngster from Punjab has become an important part of the team in ODIs as well. When the elders are not around, Jill takes the opportunity with open arms and offers the best output. He may not have the best starts of his ODI career in 2022, but this year, he has been on the mend.
Gill has played 8 ODIs this year so far and has rarely failed to score well. Apart from scoring his maiden century, he scored more than fifty and remained unbeaten on three occasions. In the ongoing tour of New Zealand, Gill is currently the leading scorer with 95 points. He scored fifty in the opening game and returned unbeaten in 45 on Sunday before the second game in Hamilton was drowned out by rain.
After the match was cancelled, Gill addressed a press conference asking if he was eyeing a place in the 15-man squad for next year’s ODI. Globalism Glass. In response, the hitter said he wasn’t looking that far.
“I don’t look that far and my goal is to make the most of the opportunities I get. That’s what I try to do and take the most chances I have, trying to score big runs for the team,” Gill said.
There is a unanimous opinion that in the era after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it will be Gill, the Indian batting flag bearer. But, just as criticism does not affect him, neither can the praise of the rich make him lose focus.
“Others’ opinion good or bad never affects my game like that when I’m fighting there in the middle. Once you hit, the focus is not on what people say but on getting the ball across and how to get there,” Gill said.
Gill was looking good during his unbeaten 45 but the party was spoiled by rain. He said it gets frustrating sometimes.
“It’s a decision (to play indoors) that the boards make. As a player and as a fan, it’s upsetting to go in and out and see so many games affected by the rain. But I don’t know how to take a stand for it because it’s a big decision.
“Obviously a closed (retractable) roof (the stadiums) would be fine,” Gill told reporters.