To ensure that the India U19 cricket team wins their fourth ICC U19 World Cup trophy against Australia on Saturday, all the young blue colts had put in all the hard work. And having won the prestigious trophy successfully, one name from the junior Indian cricket team stands out – Shubman Gill, who was named the Man of the Series.
Owing to the excellent performances from the India U19 players in the very recently-concluded ICC U19 World Cup, India easily won their fourth silverware as well. Much like the Virat-Kohli led Team India, the Prithvi Shaw-led India U19 cricket team has cemented it’s dominance in world cricket.
But as tradition proves, there is always a star in the team who outshines all the other players, and for India U19 team, it is Shubman Gill. A right-handed top-order batsman from Punjab, the 18 year-old Shubman Gill is known for his liking for the big shots, and was named the vice-captain of the Rahul Dravid-coached India U19 cricket team for the 2018 World Cup.
Vice-captain of the India U19 team
Shubman Gill did his first-class cricket debut for Punjab in November of 2017, where he registered a 63-run knock against Bengal. Later, in the U19 World Cup tournament, Shubman Gill showcased intelligent cricket as he scored 63 runs against Australia, 90* runs against Zimbabwe, and 86 against Bangladesh in the run-up to the semi-final of the U19 World Cup 2018.
Man of the Match in U19 World Cup semi-final
Shubman Gill scored 102 runs in 101 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final of the U19 World Cup tournament, and became the first Indian to score a century in the tournament. He was even named the Man of the Match for his thunderous knock. Gill scored 31 runs in the final clash against Australia, as India dominated the ‘Kangaroos’, and the blue colts won their fourth U19 World Cup title.
Man of the Series – Shubman Gill
Although Shubman Gill could not hit a big score in the final against Australia on Saturday, his 31-run knock, after which he was bowled by the India-born Aussie bowler Param Uppal, still enabled India to go past the opponents to win the title for the record fourth time.
Has second-highest runs in the tournament
In the total of five U19 World Cup matches that Shubman Gill played, he totalled 372 runs, also becoming the second-highest run scorer of the 2018 cricket tournament.