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The 23-year-old Shubman Gill is the “next big thing” in Indian cricket, and Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are eager to help him develop.

Gill has had a phenomenal year across all disciplines, prompting his national team captain Rohit to declare him the “next big thing”

Shubman Gill possesses tremendous potential. Rohit stated to the ICC on the margins of the World Test Championship final against Australia that he was without a doubt the next great thing in Indian cricket.

If the captain was effusive in his praise, his longtime teammate and Gill’s mentor, Virat Kohli, is eager to assist the youth with all of the knowledge he has gained during his 15 years of professional cricket.

“He has told me that he admired my career when I was rising through the ranks, he speaks to me frequently about the game, and I am eager to help him develop,” Kohli said.

“He possesses everything necessary for success at this level.

Gill’s cover drive bears a remarkable resemblance to Kohli’s, and the maestro is well aware of this.

Kohli’s supporters known as ‘Viratians’ call him ‘King’ and now Gill, the heir apparent, is being termed as the ‘Prince’.

“All of these titles of King and Prince are wonderful for the public, but the role of any senior cricketer is to assist in the grooming of young players and provide them with career-long wisdom so they can manage their ups and downs.

Last decade’s top-scoring batsman for India remarked, “He is a wonderful youngster who is playing incredibly well. I hope he continues to do so in this (current Test match) as well.”

In 17 encounters for India in 2023, Gill has scored five centuries and amassed 980 runs across all formats.

The Indian and Gujarat Titans opener just completed a phenomenal IPL season in which he headed the run tally with 890 runs at 59.33 and three centuries.

Since his U19 days, GILL has been exceptional

Throughout his juvenile cricket career, head coach Rahul Dravid has observed and nurtured him, and he is pleased that he has risen through the ranks.

“I saw him during the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, and it was clear he was destined to be a special player for India,” Dravid said.

Dravid stated, “In the past year, he has been through ups and downs, injuries, and being in and out of the team, and he has performed exceptionally well.”

“He (Gill) has never been a lock for the Test or ODI squad. The ‘Wall’ added, “He has come together beautifully over the past 14 to 16 months, and we are now seeing a great player. Hopefully, Shubman will have many great years for India.”

Indian frontline pacer Mohammed Siraj referred to Gill as a future sensation and stated that the batter has ample time before accomplishing a stroke.

“People hit bouncers towards square leg, and he hits in front of the wicket towards mid-on, so he has plenty of time,” Siraj explained.

“When I first saw him, I knew he was destined for greatness. We made our Test debuts together, and I’m thrilled to see him achieve so much success,” Siraj added.

By Sanjh

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