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Subhman Gill shines—A new star in the making?

The world record:

Subhman Gill is on the rise, and how! At Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday, January 18, Gill broke innumerable records by hitting a spectacular double hundred against New Zealand. As one of only eight players in the history of the sport to have hit a double hundred in a men’s ODI, Gill’s brilliant performance not only made him enter the prestigious group but also made him the youngest player to do so. So, now, thanks to his nine sixes, he holds the record for the youngest ODI double-century. India’s opener played an inning of 208 runs off just 149 balls. His inning had 19 fours and nine sixes. Subhman Gill completed his 200 by hitting three consecutive sixes.

Subhman Gill

Another brilliant world record:

He even left Virat behind on this record.
Shubman Gill has scored 894 runs in just 18 ODIs, the most by any Indian batsman in the first 18 matches.
Former captain Virat Kohli scored only 847 runs in the first 20 matches of his career. He is second on this list. Former India opener Nabjot Singh Sidhu scored 822 runs in his first 20 ODIs.
Shreyas Iyer scored 813 runs in his first 20 ODIs.
Power Shikhar Dhawan is number five on this list, having scored 783 runs in his first 20 matches.

Early life:

Shubham Gill was born into a family of wrestlers on September 8, 1999, in Fazilka, Punjab. Wrestling is a familial tradition for him. Because of this, Didar Singh, his grandfather , who also was a skilled Kabaddi player, hoped to make him a wrestler. He also desired Lakhwinder, Subhman’s father, to become a wrestler . Lakhwinder,however, broke his leg in an accident, shattering his dream. Later, he fantasized about wrestling being a career  for his grandson, but then, at just 23, Gill made a name for himself in cricket world.
Shubman’s father also provided him with expert cricket tuition after observing his passion for the game.
The household relocated to Mohali. He also rented a home in Mohali, close to the PCA Stadium. And Shubman’s cricket instruction began. Manav Mangal Smart School in Mohali was where Shubman Gill had his early education.

Subhman Gill with his Parents

Domestic cricketing career:

Gill made his Class A breakthrough for Punjab while batting one down in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He later made his first-class debut while batting as the opener in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy against Bengal, scoring his first half-century before taking it to the next level the very following match with a first-class century against Services. In August of that same year, he was appointed to lead the India Blue squad in the Duleep Trophy competition.  Gill then was selected as the India C team’s captain for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy in October 2019.

During november 2019, he became the youngest team captain in history. Gill was only 20 years and 57 days old when he surpassed Virat Kohli’s record, which had been recorded in the 2009–10 season. A favorite in the 2018 IPL auctions and the edition’s Player of the Tournament, Gill was selected by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crores (USD 280,000). Gill, however, quit the Kolkata Knight Riders prior to the 2022 IPL auction and was chosen by the Gujarat Titans franchise, which had only recently been founded.

Subhman Gill

International cricketing career:

Gill became famous after helping India’s U-19 squad upset England U-19 in a series in February 2017 with 418 runs at an average of 104.50 during the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup. In December 2017, he received the position of vice-captain for India’s squad competing in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
He later played his first One Day International (ODI) of cricket on January 31, 2019, at Hamilton’s Seddon Park against New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the series.

In February 2020, for India’s series against New Zealand, he was once again chosen for the Test team. The second match of the series was won by India after a comeback on December 26, 2020, when Gill made his Test debut for India versus Australia.

Despite the fact that the World Cup was just a few months away, many believed Gill would be benched, but after a few matches he was left off the roster. Naturally, he and the selectors were aware that the time would eventually come and that he had age on his side.

Shubman Gill celebrates his double century during the first ODI against New Zealand

List of other records:-

  • In 2013–14 and 2014–15, Gill earned the BCCI prize for the best junior cricketer two years in a row.
  • Became the youngest captain ever in the Deodhar Trophy
  • Punjab’s top scorer in 2018–19, Rajini Trophy (728),
  • India’s top run-scorer in the 2018 U-19 World Cup (372)
  • He is the youngest player in ODI cricket history to record a double century.
  • In August 2019 when, at the age of 19, he got a double century for the Indian team .
  • Gill scored an ODI century for India against Zimbabwe on August 22, 2022, in Harare.
  • On December 16, 2022, against Bangladesh, Gill scored his first Test century before being dismissed for 110 runs.
  • On January 18, 2023, against New Zealand, Gill made a double century, making him the fifth Indian batsman to do so.
  • Emerging Player of the IPL in 2019
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  • In 2018 became U19 World Championship player of the year.

Conclusion:

Even if it’s still early, Gill’s heady combination of fervor, diligence, and brilliance promises to foster a career that will really benefit Indian cricket in the years to come. Gill and the numerous cricket fans must wait anxiously until then. It’ll be fascinating to witness the journey of this incredible player.

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