Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has backed young Shubman Gill to open the innings in the ODI World Cup at home next year. Yuvraj has backed Gill to pair up with veteran batter Shikhar Dhawan in the 50-over competition.
Gill has made the most of his ODI opportunities in 2022, scoring 638 runs in 12 matches at a stunning average of 70.88, including a century and four fifties. He was part of the ODI series against New Zealand, however, was dropped from the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh.
Shubman Gill scored fifty in the first ODI against New Zealand and 45 not out in the second, forming an excellent partnership with Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. Yuvraj, who was shocked by Gill’s absence, said that the Punjab-born batter is a strong contender for the ODI World Cup.
“I think Shubman is doing very well and is performing consistently. I believe he is a strong contender to open for India in the 2023 World Cup,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.
“He is destined for greatness in the next 10 years” – Yuvraj Singh on Shubman Gill
Yuvraj, who was the Player of the 2011 ODI World Cup, has been a mentor to some of the young cricketers from Punjab, including Gill. The youngster trained with Yuvraj since 2020 and has been closely monitored. The former cricketer reckoned that Shubman Gill is destined for more big things in the next decade.
“Shubman is very hardworking and is doing all the right things. I believe he is destined for greatness in the next 10 years. I can’t say what will happen in the future but if I can help in the growth of sports in the country, I wouldn’t mind. But it is not just cricket but I will like to help in the growth of sports in this country,” Yuvraj concluded.