India U19 star and the newest member of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Shubman Gill has thanked the star batsman Yuvraj Singh for his inputs while their time at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), which helped the youngster enjoy a stellar U19 World Cup campaign.
Shubman Gill was named player of the tournament after the 19-year-old smashed 372 runs in just 6 matches which saw him score a century and 3 half centuries along the way. Gill recalled on the time he spent with Yuvraj Singh, when the left-handed batsman was at the NCA for his fitness test and the key advices that Yuvraj Singh shared.
As reported by mid-day, Shubman Gill said,
“Yuvi paaji has given me a lot of guidance. When I was injured and recovering at NCA, he was there for his fitness test. During our interactions, he shared his on-field experiences and gave me some batting tips as well. I worked on those tips. Later, when I recovered, we used to bat together. His guidance helped me in this World Cup.”
Perhaps it was Yuvraj Singh’s fiery inputs which saw Shubman Gill handle the aggressive bowling from Pakistan in the U19 World Cup semifinal. Gill said that Pakistani bowlers and fielders were sledging him right from the moment he walked into bat and it increased even further when India started to lose regular wickets.
However, Shubman Gill stood firm on and scored perhaps the best century of the tournament and guided India to the final, where they beat Australia to become the only team to win their fourth U19 World Cup title.
Lifting the U19 World Cup was the best feeling for Shubman Gill
Commenting on that innings and getting player of the tournament award, Shubman Gill said,
“It was a great feeling to be Man of the Tournament, but lifting the World Cup was the best feeling for me.”
“That was a very special knock for me. We were nervous before playing Pakistan. The pressure was on us. Luckily, our openers gave us a good start, but then we lost some wickets in the middle overs and Rahul [Dravid] sir told me that I should bat till the end. I then formed a good partnership with Anukul (67 runs for the sixth wicket).”