Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill (born 8 September 1999) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Punjab in domestic cricket and for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. Gill served as the vice-captain of the Indian Under-19 cricket team in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and won Player of the Tournament award. A right-handed opening batsman, he is considered one of the best young cricketers in the world. Gill holds the record for youngest cricketer to score a double century in One Day International cricket. and for the highest T20 score by an individual for the Indian team.

He made his List-A debut against Vidharbha in 2017 and first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, in late 2017, with a half-century in the game. and 129 runs in the LAST match against Services. He made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in January 2019. 

He was drafted into India’s Under-19 side as the vice-captain for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Shubman scored 372 runs at an average of 124.00 at the tournament, where he batted at number three to play a crucial role in India’s record fourth world title and was adjudged the edition’s Player of the Tournament. His match-winning 102 not out in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan U-19 drew praises from batting greats such as Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.

In 2022, Gill was part of the IPL championship winning Gujarat Titans team. Gill would go on to win the 2023 IPL Orange Cap, scoring 890 runs, the second highest total in IPL history, including three centuries. Gill scored 129 in the IPL Qualifies 2, the highest individual score in IPL Playoffs history.

Early life

Shubman Gill was born on 8 September, 1999 in Fazilka, Punjab to a Jatt Sikh family. His father, Lakhwinder Singh, an agriculturist, also aspired to become a cricketer but couldn’t fulfill his dreams. Instead, he decided to make Gill a good cricketer. He observed his son’s cricketing ability at an early age and welcomed the opportunity to modify his cricketing capacity. He would ask the hired help on the farm to throw balls at Shubman to help him practice batting.  Gill’s father, convinced of his talent, moved with his family to Mohali and rented a house near the PCA Stadium.

His father has said that Shubman was passionate about cricket since the age of three. “He only played cricket since he was three-years-old. Kids of that age would play with toys. He never asked for such things. It was only bat and ball for him. He used to sleep with a bat and ball”, Gill’s father, Lakhwinder Singh said. 

Gill hit an unbeaten double-century on his Under-16 state debut for Punjab in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. In 2014, he scored 351 runs in Punjab’s Inter-District Under-16 competition and shared a record opening stand of 587 runs with Nirmal Singh.

Personal life

He has a sister named Shahneel Gill.His father Lakhwinder created a cricket ground in his farm for Gill’s practice and a turf pitch to play,  he used to challenge village boys to take his lad’s wicket and if they were successful he would give them 100 rupees for it. According to Lakhwinder Singh he left farming in his village and moved to Mohali to make his boy a professional cricketer. For some years Gill took coaching from his school, after his father admitted him in Punjab Cricket Association’s academy.  Gill spent some years of his life in his village. Gill’s father wanted to become a professional cricketer. In Gill’s childhood he was interested in farming and he still wants to do farming according to his father. Shubman Gill is emotionally very attached to his village and his farm.

Domestic career

He made his List A debut for Punjab in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 25 February 2017 against Vidharbha team. He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy on 17 November 2017.  Later the same month, in his second first-class match, he scored his maiden century, batting for Punjab against Services. He scored 129 against Bengal team. 

In October 2018, he was named in India C’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In the final round-robin match, against India A, he scored an unbeaten century to help send India C through to the final. The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.  In December 2018, during Punjab’s match against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, Gill scored his maiden double century in first-class cricket, scoring 268 runs. On 25 December 2018, on the fourth day of the match against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, with Punjab needing 338 runs from 57 overs, Gill scored 148 off 154 balls to almost single-handedly take his side to victory. The match finished as a draw, with Punjab ending the run chase at 324/8 in 57 overs.

By 1 January 2019, Gill had scored 990 runs in first-class cricket, from fourteen innings across eight matches. One week later, he scored his 1,000th run in first-class cricket, in his fifteenth innings. He was the leading run-scorer for Punjab in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, with 728 runs in five matches.

In August 2019, he was named as the captain of the India Blue team for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy.  In October 2019, Gill was selected as the captain of the India C team for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. In November 2019, he became the youngest cricketer to lead a side in the tournament. He was 20 years and 57 days old, beating Virat Kohli’s record, when he was 21 years 124 days old, during the 2009–10 tournament.

In September 2022, Gill was signed up by Glamorgan as their overseas player for the remainder of the 2022 County Championship season. He debuted at the Sophia ground against Worcestershire.

Indian Premier League 

2018–2021: Kolkata Knight Riders

In January 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹1.8 crore (US$230,000) in the 2018 IPL auction. He made his Twenty20 debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Indian Premier League on 14 April 2018. Gill scored 203 runs in the 2018 season as KKR would finish third, losing in Qualifier 2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament. Gill scored 296 runs in the 2019 season as KKR finished fifth. He also won the Emerging Player of the tournament award in the 2019 Indian Premier League. 

In 2020, Gill would score 440 runs, making him the highest scoring player for KKR that season. The team would however finish fifth once again.

During the 2021 edition of the IPL, Gill scored 478, being KKR’s highest scorer once again. KKR would reach the final where Gill would score a half-century, however, the team would ultimately lose to CSK, coming second. After the announcement of two new teams entering the league, each team was allowed to retain up to 4 players but Gill was not retained.


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