“Shubman Gill has got extra time in his hand, he has a bit of Rohit Sharma in him,” Shikhar Dhawan showers praise on young Indian opener after clean sweep against Windies

Shubman Gill was the leading run scorer for India in the 3-match ODI series and was declared the player of the series

The stand-in Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan had some very strong words of praise for the young, dynamic Indian opener Shubman Gill who was declared the player of the series in the 3-match ODI series against West Indies.

India clean swept West Indies by 3-0, winning all three games and Shubman was the only Indian batsman who made an impact on the team right through the series. While he scored half-centuries in the first and the third game of the series, his 43 in the second game was also very crucial in India’s successful chase of over 300 runs.

According to Dhawan, who was speaking in the post-match presentation, Shubman Gill is a bit like Rohit Sharma in the sense that he has got time in his hand and that’s why he is so good against the short ball because he can judge the length of the ball early and then he has got that extra split second to get himself into position to play the pull shot.

Rohit Sharma also has the same quality, because of which he never gets rushed by the pace of the ball. Dhawan was also very impressed with the fact that Gill converted his 50 into a 90 in the third ODI and didn’t get out after just getting a start.

Shubman Gill remained two runs short of his hundred yesterday

Shubman Gill might have got to his hundred as well yesterday, but the 50-over game, which was already curtailed to 40 overs because of rain interruptions, got further curtailed around the 36th over mark, and Gill, who was batting on 98 at that stage, remained two short of his hundred.

Shikhar Dhawan himself also had a decent series, as he scored a couple of half-centuries including a 90 in the first game. The left-hander said that this series would be unforgettable for him because he managed to achieve a clean sweep with the team as a captain.

Dhawan had previously captained the Indian ODI team in Sri Lanka last year and India had won that series by 2-1.


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