India vs Pakistan, Under 19 World Cup: Shubman Gill is known for his hunger for big runs and his leadership skills and he was, therefore, chosen as the vice-captain of India Under 19 side for the ongoing Junior World Cup. The right-hand top-order batsman who hails from Punjab, today in the semi-final, stood up for what he is known for in the circuit and scored a colossal 102 runs against Pakistan. India will now face Australia in the final. Interestingly, Gill made his first-class debut before even getting selected for India Under 19. He played for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in late 2017 and scored a half-century in the first match which was followed by an aggressive knock of 129 in the next match.
A constant feature in Rahul Dravid’s plans for the Under-19 World Cup, Gill constantly played at an age-group level above his. The 18-year-old, in 2014 scored 351 in Punjab’s Inter-District Under-16 tournament and shared a record opening stand of 587 with Nirmal Singh. On his debut at the Under-16 group level for Punjab, Gil made an unbeaten double-century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Later that year, the right-hand batsman went on to share the stage with his inspiration and current India captain Virat Kohli. Gill received a BCCI award for the best junior cricketer, which he won back-to-back for two consecutive years: 2013-14 and 2014-15.
When picked for the national Under-19 side, he amassed 351 runs in four innings to be named the Man of the Series during the Youth ODI series at home against England. In the reciprocal tour, his first in English conditions, he top-scored once more, with 278 runs in four innings. India swept both series. While he was still in New Zealand for the World Cup on the day of the 2018 IPL auction, Gill was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore.