Deodhar Trophy 2018: After scoring ton for India C, Shubman Gill says he is ready to play for India

Shubman Gill hit an unbeaten 106 off 111 balls as India C defeated India A to reach the final of Deodhar Trophy 2018.

Press Trust of India, Oct 25, 2018 22:07:08 IST

Rising star Shubman Gill says he is ready follow his U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw into the Indian team but is patiently waiting for his big break.

With not many places up for grabs in the Indian team across formats, the stylish batsman from Punjab might have to wait a little longer than expected.

Deodhar Trophy 2018: After scoring ton for India C, Shubman Gill says he is ready to play for India

File image of Shubman Gill. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@ICC

The 19-year-old is not losing sleep over it and is busy piling up the runs in whatever format he plays. He scored runs for KKR in the IPL, has performed for India A and has shown supreme form in the ongoing Deodhar Trophy.

In the presence of India and domestic veterans, Gill made the only hundred of the tournament in a high-pressure chase to take India C to the final on Saturday.

His friend and U-19 skipper Shaw had already set a high benchmark but the highly talented Gill is up for the challenge.

"I am ready. I did not get the opportunity against the West Indies but I might get one in the next series. I am just happy scoring runs," a supremely confident Gill told PTI when asked about the time frame he has set for himself as Shaw has already made his Test debut.

India's U-19 stars become subjects of immense scrutiny once they deliver in popular events like World Cup. Shaw and Gill are experiencing that at the moment.

Asked how he deals with such high expectations, Gill said: "All these things (expectations) are there in your mind before you get into the middle. It is all about scoring runs when you get on the field. I don't think what will happen when I get out.

"Yes, they all recognise you for your U-19 days but we have to keep performing the same way at the higher levels to get a chance."

Gill recently turned 19 but he batted with remarkable poise and maturity on way to a match-winning hundred at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Thursday. The unbeaten 90-run stand with the hard-hitting Suryakumar Yadav was also a lesson in partnership building.

Gill paced his innings beautifully and in the presence of three national selectors, grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Does he talk to anyone on building the innings or does it come naturally to him?

"I don't talk to anyone on pacing the innings. Only my father, who is also my coach, advises me. Plus, we see lot of international cricket on television these days. I try to understand that and try to do the same in the middle.
"It is also about belief. That belief comes from practice and when you replicate that in a match, you get more confident about your game."

He forged two important partnerships with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to see India C through.

"It feels good to take the team into the final. Ishan and Surya bhai also batted well. It was important to convert loose balls on this wicket. If you dont' do that, it creates more pressure. The talk all through was to find an odd boundary and rotate the strike as the asking rate was constantly around six an over," added Gill.

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 22:07:08 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254