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Shubman Gill’s Career And How He Fulfilled His Fathers Dreams

A right-handed, top-order batsman from Punjab, Shubman Gill is an Indian cricketer. He made his first-class cricket debut for Punjab in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, scoring a half-century in a match against Service at the end of 2016 and scoring 129 runs in the next match. In the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy, he also made his List A debut for Punjab on 25 February 2017. He made his first-class cricket match for Punjab in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. Later in the same month, he won his second first-class.

In terms of his international debut, he premiered abroad for the Indian cricket team in January 2019.

Shubman Gill: 4 Facts About His Blossoming Career!

1. Early life in Punjab and fulfilling his father’s dreams:

Shubman Gill was born (on September 7, 1999) in Fazilka, Punjab. His family owned farmland there. His father, a farmer named Lakhwinder Singh, wanted to become a cricketer but could not fulfill that dream career. He then decided to make his son Shubman Gill a cricketer. Gill’s father was convinced of his talent and moved the family to Mohali and rented a house near PCA Stadium. Gill’s father told Shubman that he had a passion for cricket since he was three. Gill’s father, Lakhwinder Singh, stated during one interview: “He played cricket for only three years. Children at that age were playing with toys. He had never heard of such toys. He made his undefeated double century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy as he made his way to the Under-1 state for Punjab. In Punjab, Shubman Gill scored 2 runs in the Inter-District Under-1 competition and shared the opening stand of Nirmal Singh with a 2-run record.

2. Debuting for Punjab and then in the India C squad:

He made his debut for Punjab in the 1–0 Vijay Hazare Trophy on February 6, 2011. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2–0 Ranji Trophy on November 1 and batted for Punjab in the second game later that month. Scored his first century. The Kolkata Knight Riders bought the IPL auction for Rs 1.3 crore on January 1. He made his debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on 2 April.

On 6 October, he was named in the India C squad of the 2–3 Deodhar Trophy. In the final round, Robin scored an unbeaten century against India A. By November, Shubman was named one of eight players to watch the 2–0 Ranji Trophy. Gill scored his first double century in first-class cricket in a Ranji Trophy match against Punjab, Tamil Nadu. On the fourth day of the match against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy on 1 December, Punjab needed 2 runs from 5 overs. Gill scored 3 runs off 4 balls. The match ended in a draw. By January 1, Gill had scored four runs in fourteen innings in eight matches in first-class cricket. A week later, he scored 1,000 runs in first-class cricket in his fifteenth innings. He was the Punjab run-scorer in the 1–0 Ranji Trophy. He has scored 5 runs in five matches.

3. International career and hitting a double century for India:

He was part of the Indian Under-1 triumph against England Under-1 on February 2. 

On 2 December, he was named vice-captain of the India Under-4 Cricket World Cup. He became India’s top run-scorer in the tournament, scoring 5 runs. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Gil as the team’s rising star.

In January, Gill was inducted into the India limited-overs series for the series against New Zealand. On 1 August, in a first-class match, Gill became the youngest batsman to hit a double century for the Indian team. Brian Lara of Trinidad and Tobago was 2 years old when he scored a century for India A against West Indies A at the Cricket Academy,  and was later named in India’s Test squad for the series against South Africa.

4. 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup as co-captain:

As the co-captain of the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup, he was included in the draft of India’s U-19 team. Shubhaman has scored 362 runs at an average of 124.00 in the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup, where he played a key role in India’s record fourth World Cup win, batting at number three and being selected as the Player Edition of the tournament. His unbeaten 102 in the match-winning semifinals against arch-rivals Pakistan U-19 has earned him the admiration of great batsmen like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly. 

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