U-19 Star Shubman Gill Hit Century To Guide Punjab For A Win

The sublime form of India U-19 star Shubman Gill carried away in domestic cricket also. On Sunday, Gill guided Punjab to a 4-wicket win for his team with his second hundred in List A cricket.

Gill smashed an unbeaten 123 off 122 balls to propel Punjab to 269/3 in their Group A match against Karnataka in Bengaluru. Mandeep Singh (64), Yuvraj Singh (36) and Gurkeerat Singh (35) also made useful contributions while Vinay Kumar (2 for 40) and T Pradeep (1 for 46) were successful with the ball for the hosts.

In reply, India opener KL Rahul smashed 107 from 91 balls but his fourth List A hundred went in vain as Karnataka fell short by 4 runs, managing 265/8 in 42 overs.

Siddharth Kaul (3 for 47) and Barinder Sran (2 for 76) were the picks of the bowlers for Punjab, who climbed to the third spot in Group A with the win.

Gill, who as adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the ICC U-19 World Cup which India won for the fourth time earlier this month, slammed 8 boundaries and 6 sixes during his knock.

The 18-year-old batsman equalled Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh’s record for the most sixes by a batsman in a List A innings for Punjab.

Gill was instrumental in India’s U-19 World Cup victory in New Zealand where he scored 374 runs in the tournament including an unbeaten hundred in the semi-finals against Pakistan.

Gill had recently credited Yuvraj for guiding him and giving batting tips when the two were training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

“Yuvi paaji (Yuvraj) gave a lot of guidance when he was at the NCA. He told me things about on and off the field, he gave me tips and batted along with me,” Gill said after returning home from the World Cup.

Seeing his tremendous form, the Kolkata Knight Riders went all-out for him and bought him at the Indian Premier League auction and bought him for a whopping Rs 1.80 crore last month.

“We were tired as we had finished the match against Bangladesh a day before (the auction). I woke up and got to know that I was picked by KKR. At that time I did not think about the IPL and the focus was on the World Cup,” said Gill.

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