India Under-19 batsman Shubman Gill has impressed one and all with his stellar batting performances in the recently concluded ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Apart from his huge appetite for runs, Gill’s strokes’ uncanny resemblance to India skipper Virat Kohli has grabbed everyone’s attention.
While executing the extra cover drive to a ball just pitched outside off, Shubman pretty much appears like the mirror image of Kohli. Another shot that became the talk of the town was Gill’s short arm jab played against Zimbabwe U-19 during the group stage of the showpiece event.
During his mesmerizing knock of 59-ball 90 against Zimbabwe U-19, the 18-year-old nonchalantly hit the fast bowler Nkosilathi Nungu over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. Soon after the shot, cricket fans started drawing parallels between Shubman’s short arm jab with Virat’s short-arm jab, played against England during an ODI match in Pune last year.
Besides the cover drive and short arm jab, there are some other shots that Shubman Gill can execute much like way Kohli does.
Here’s the video of Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli’s similar strokeplay:
Legends inspire.. He almost got the last one.. Kohli ???? Shubman Gill ???? pic.twitter.com/9BNHCKVj3I— எமதர்மராஜன் (@Yemadharmarajan) February 4, 2018
Gill was in terrific form during the ICC U-19 cricket World cup, scoring 372 runs from 5 innings with a staggering average of 124. After registering the scores of 63, 90*, 86 in the league matches, Shubman up his game by many folds in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan to notch up his maiden century (102*) in the Youth World Cup. The right-hander made 31 in the final against Australia and was rightfully adjudged Player of the 2018 U-19 World Cup.