Under 19 World Cup: Celebrations were at its all-time in Mohali on Saturday where U19 India’s vice-captain Shubman Gill and his family lives. Gill was the find of the tournament with scoring over 300 runs and was awarded the ‘Man of the tournament’ for his three fifties and one hundred (in semis). In an exclusive interview with FinancialExpress.com before leaving for New Zealand Gill had dedicated his success to his father. “He never let me skip practice and also motivated me a lot,” he said immediately after the news of his selection came out.
The 18-year-old batsman knew how much it means to get selected for the Junior World Cup means as the likes of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Rishabh Pant have gone to do wonders after being selected for Under 19 India squad. “It is obviously a big opportunity. A lot of doors will open after the tournament,” the right-hander, who made his first-class debut against Bengal on November 17, 2017, said. “I was really happy to be named the vice-captain, it is a big thing but it also adds a lot of responsibility,” Gill added.
Meanwhile, back home the society where Gill lives was echoing with drum rolls after he lifted the U19 World Cup trophy after defeating Australia by eight wickets. Relatives, friends and residents of the society celebrated the victory of Indian team over Australia and enjoyed it by performing Punjabi folk dance Bhangra. “We are elated at the performance of our son and the whole Indian team which convincingly defeated Australia in the final match today,” Gill’s father Lakhwinder Singh Gill PTI.
“It is a proud moment for us and it is also proud moment for entire Punjab and country that our team won the final match,” Lakwhinder, an agriculturist said. A big screen was installed in the premises of the society for watching the final match between India and Australia.
Gill’s father said that he has not yet been able to contact him after India won the match at Bay Oval. “Last time, we briefly talked to Shubman after the semi final match and then he told us that he will give his best and the team will bring the World cup,” said elated Lakhwinder.
Gill’s grandparents were also ecstatic at a village in Jalalabad in Fazilka district, Punjab. “I had bought a big LCD for my father and mother who live in Jalalabad in Fazilka and my father saw all the matches while waking up at night,” said Lakhwinder.
The young cricketers family had moved to Mohali back in 2007 to provide proper cricket training to him. “There were no proper sports facilities in our village in Fazilka. To provide better training to our son, we shifted to Mohali. My father and mother still live in Fazilka,” said Lakhwinder. The family has planned to give a grand welcome to his son for his stupendous performance in the World Cup when he comes home. “I think after landing at Mumbai on February 5 he may go to Bangalore for the upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy,” he said.
Gill was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 1.8 crore in the IPL auction 2018.