Smashing the cricket ball with a speedy half century and smooth gameplay, Shubham Gill has again proved himself worthy of his title “the prince of cricket”. He, with his brilliant cricket performances in the past, is something that the fans are eager to look forward to in their ICC Cricket World Cup. He has delivered exceptional cricket performances since the beginning of his career, when he was a 14-year-old player for under-16 cricket, where he played for Punjab and made a double century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy tournament. He has delivered remarkable performances in both his domestic and international cricketing careers, overwhelming cricket enthusiasts with his huge scores in the IPL, tests, and ODI’s. It is said that cricket is a sport that witnesses talented players time and again, each possessing their own unique style of batting or bowling. Exceptional players like Sir Donald Bradman, Sachin Tedulkar, Brian Lara, Muthhaiah Murlitharan, and Virat Kohli have overwhelmed the cricketing world with their fabulous performances in cricket history. Shubman Gill is another such talented player in cricket who is said to have huge potential and has the ability to even surpass the scores of cricketing legends at a young age. Let’s look into his life and international career more to learn more about the man who is given the title of “Prince of Cricket” a bit more and know more about him:
The Early Life of Shubman Gill
Born on September 8, 1999, Shubman was a kid who showcased the potential of an extremely promising career in cricket. His father, Lakhwinder Singh, was an agriculturist who created a cricket ground on their farm for Gill to practice cricket with the local boys. Also, he received coaching in the sport at school for some time that polished his skills and outshinned him in the eyes of his loved ones. His family then further moved to Mohali, Punjab near the Punjab Cricket Association stadium for Shubman to train himself in the sport at a higher level. With constant dedication and full support from his family, the talented prodigy kicked off his cricketing career by being a part of the under-16 team of Punjab in the Vijay Merchant Trophy at the age of 14. In 2014, Shubman Gill already started to shine; scored 351 runs in the Inter-District Under-16 Competition and shared an extraordinary score of 587 with Nirmal Singh. After this maiden, unbelievable score, Shubman was part of many domestic matches, where he showcased consistent progress and gradually stepped onto his international career.
International Career of the “ Prince of Cricket”
After playing several domestic matches and catching the eyes of Indian audiences, Gill started his international career in February 2017, where he was a part of the Under-19 team and played a major role in a series against the England U-19. As he displayed excellent skills in almost all of his under-19 cricket performances, he was selected as the vice captain for the International Under-19 World Cup. He emerged as a remarkable player with his numerous sixes and fours, achieved a score of 372 runs, and was awarded the title of “player of the tournament”. Seeing all of his terrific runs, the ICC (Indian Cricket Council) named him the rising star of the squad.
ODI (One day International) Career
With his constant delivery of excellent batting, Gill finally got himself inside the ODI international as he aspired and made his debut in the 31st century’s 2019 series against New Zealand. Since then, he has been pursuing his international career and making numerous records in his ODI career. On August 22, 2022, Gill emerged on the field with his thunderous performance and 130 runs, his first one-day international century, played against Zimbabwe. The statistics of his centuries in the ODI career are shown below:
|22 August’ August 2022||130||Zimbabwe||3||134.02||Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe||Won|
|15 January’ 2023||116||Sri Lanka||1||119.58||Greenfield International Stadium Thiruvananthapuram||Won|
|18 January’ 2023||208||New Zealand||1||139.59||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad||Won|
|24 january’ 2023||112||New Zealand||1||143.58||Holkar Stadium, Indore||Won|
|15 September’2023||121||Bangladesh||1||90.98||R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Lost|
|24 September’ 2023||104||Australia||1||107.22||Holkar Stadium, Indore||Won|
IPL (Indian Premier League )
Along with the ODI cricket game format, Shubman has also been a part of various IPL matches. He has had an equally magnificent career in the IPL and has established himself as one of the top players in IPL history.
Kolkata Knight Riders (2018 – 2021)
Gill started off his journey as an IPL team player in January 2018, when he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL auction. He made his IPL debut with the same team on April 14, 2018. However, Gill scored only 208 runs in the entire IPL tournament of 2018.
In the 2019 IPL, Gill was again a part of KKR and scored 296 runs in the season. On the plus side, Gill won the emerging player of the tournament award, which added to his popularity.
From 2020 to 2021, Gill emerged as one of the best players of the IPL season, scoring 440 runs in IPL 2020 and 478 runs in 2021, making him the highest IPL scorer for both seasons.
Gujrat Titans (2022–present)
Gill was bought by the IPL team Gujrat Titans and overwhelmed the cricketing audience with a huge score. The extraordinary prodigy scored 483 runs in 2022 and broke all records by scoring 890 runs, adding himself to the list as the second-highest run scorer in the history of the IPL. Additionally, Gill scored an individual score of 129 in 67 balls.
With his massive IPL performance, he became one of the most inspiring and terrific cricketers at a young age. Due to his smashing performance in the IPL and extraordinary batting stats , Gill has gained worldwide appreciation. His skills and unbelievable scores have won the praise of legendary cricket kings such as Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, AB De Villers, Michael Vaughan, and many more.
Giving out the vibes of an extraordinary young star since the beginning, solidifying his position as one of the greatest IPL cricketers of all time, and scoring a half century of 53 in the first match of his ICC World Cup debut, fans are hoping to see an even more extraordinary sporting side of the athlete.