Shubman Gill is all over the internet after his heroics for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The youngster played a gem of an innings of 57 runs off just 36 balls chasing 177 and helped KKR to win the game with 3 overs to spare.
After the match, Gill had a fun chat with his skipper Dinesh Karthik, who batted with him to put up a match-winning partnership.
Gill revealed he wants a beard like Karthik. "Not getting as much attention as your claiming. But I am certainly waiting for my beard to grow. I want to grow a beard like you (Dinesh Karthik). The dimples on the other hand, have come from my mother so I would like to thank her for that," a shy Gill said.
The 18-year-old utilized the opportunity to bat higher in the batting order against CSK. "Batting at No.4 was a different experience for me. The runs I scored against Delhi gave me a lot of confidence.
"And also when I dropped Dhoni bhai's catch I thought now I have to finish the match with my bat. I hoped that he gets out the next ball but he swept it straight towards me so I had to give it all to stop the boundary. I felt embarrassed after dropping that catch."
Gill was promoted up the order after Nitish Rana was ruled out because of a bad back. The youngster was asked where would he like to bat after Nitish comes back? The reply was wherever his captain wants him to.
Here is the full chat:
Karthik: Now I am the captain of KKR you have made my job really difficult after this knock. When Nitish Rana comes back whom should I play at what position now?
Gill: I don't mind playing anywhere you want me to. Nowadays cricket is all about adaptability, how well you adapt to situations and positions. I'll try to give my best wherever you ask me to bat.
Karthik: It's great to see youngsters thinking on those lines. This is modern-age cricket. Guys come in understand situations, experiencing it all and then playing free-flowing shots. That's just great to see.
Karthik: Is there anything you would like to tell KKR fans or IPL fans in general?
Gill: KKR fans were supporting CSK a lot in this match. But it feels nice when so many fans turn up to watch the match and support us. Keep supporting us like this, keep loving. I hope I can give you much more memories.
When DK (did not) grill Gill.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2018
From @RealShubmanGill's good looks, his dimples, to his dropped catch of MSD, @KKRiders captain @DineshKarthik looks at the funnier side of things post their win over #CSK - interview by @28anand