'He can carry forward Kohli-Tendulkar's legacy'- Saba Karim's massive praise for Shubman Gill

Saba Karim was highly impressed with Shubman Gill's batting in the recent ODIs.

Shubman Gill | BCCI

Former Indian selector Saba Karim lauded Shubman Gill, as the young opener has continued to shine with the bat. Gill has been performing consistently in the ODIs, and it only makes his case stronger for India's selection for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The 23-year-old was the leading run-scorer in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand with 360 runs at an average of 180 with a hundred and a double hundred to his name. Earlier, Gill scored 207 runs in three ODIs against Sri Lanka at home to boost his ODI World Cup 2023 chances.

Well, the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman said that Gill can carry on the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli and can become the backbone of Indian batting in the future.

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Saba Karim told India News: “The temperament is good. He can carry forward the legacy set by Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. The biggest test is overseas conditions. Gill's track in England wasn't that good when he played Tests. We hope that he becomes the backbone of Indian batting.

We are witnessing such a skill after a long time. In the future, we have to check how he performs against tough opponents. We have to test him in difficult conditions and quality pace bowlers, but the start has been phenomenal.”

Karim further said that Gill has now become a mature batter while highlighting the qualities that make him different from other cricketers.

He signed off by saying, “There are a lot of things about Shubman Gill's batting. He looks mature with the bat. By maturity, I mean game awareness, reading the game, playing different shots against bowlers, focusing on shot selection, how to run the scoreboard, and complementing the partner when needed.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 26 Jan, 2023

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