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Shubman Singh Gill (born 8 September 1999) is an Indian cricketer.[1] He is a right-hand, top-order batsman from Punjab. He made his first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, in late 2017, with a half-century in the game[2] and 129 runs in the next match against Services.[3] He made his international debut for the India cricket team in January 2019.

Shubman Gill
Personal information
Full nameShubman Singh Gill
Born (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 19)
Fazilka, Punjab, India
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 227)31 January 2019 v New Zealand
Last ODI3 February 2019 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2018–presentKolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 77)
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20
Matches 2 9 38 32
Runs scored 16 1,089 1,545 614
Batting average 8.00 77.78 45.44 32.31
100s/50s 0/0 3/7 4/7 0/5
Top score 9 268 123* 76
Balls bowled 6 6
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 0/– 6/– 14/– 11/–
Source: Cricinfo, 5 May 2019

He was drafted into India's Under-19 side as the vice-captain for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Shubman scored 372 runs at an average of 124.00 at the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup, where he batted at number three to play a crucial role in India's record fourth world title and was adjudged the edition's Player of the Tournament.[4] His match-winning 102 not out in the semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan U-19 drew praises from batting greats like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V. V. S. Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.[5][6]


Early lifeEdit

Shubman was born in Fazilka, Punjab. His family owned agricultural lands there. His father, Lakhwinder Singh, an agriculturist, wanted to become a cricketer but could not fulfil his dream. He then decided to make his son, Shubman Gill, a cricketer. He would ask the hired help on the farm to throw balls at Gill to help him practice batting. Gill's father was convinced of his talent, and moved the family to Mohali and rented a house near the PCA Stadium.[7]

Gill's father said that Shubman was passionate about cricket since the age of three. “He only played cricket since he was three-years-old. Kids of that age would play with toys. He never asked for such things. It was only bat and ball for him. He used to sleep with a bat and ball”, Gill's father, Lakhwinder Singh said.[8]

On his Under-16 state debut for Punjab, he hit an unbeaten double-century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. In 2014, he scored 351 runs in Punjab's Inter-District Under-16 competition and shared a record opening stand of 587 runs with Nirmal Singh.[9]

Domestic careerEdit

He made his List A debut for Punjab in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 25 February 2017.[10] He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy on 17 November 2017.[11] Later the same month, in his second first-class match, he scored his maiden century, batting for Punjab against Services.[12]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for 1.8 crore (US$260,000) in the 2018 IPL auction.[13][14] He made his Twenty20 debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 Indian Premier League on 14 April 2018.[15]

In October 2018, he was named in India C's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[16] In the final round-robin match, against India A, he scored an unbeaten century to help send India C through to the final.[17] The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy.[18] In December 2018, during Punjab's match against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, Gill scored his maiden double century in first-class cricket, scoring 268 runs.[19][20] On 25 December 2018, on the fourth day of the match against Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, with Punjab needing 338 runs from 57 overs, Gill scored 148 off 154 balls to almost single-handedly take his side to victory. The match finished as a draw, with Punjab ending the run chase at 324/8 in 57 overs.[21]

By 1 January 2019, Gill had scored 990 runs in first-class cricket, from fourteen innings across eight matches.[22] One week later, he scored his 1,000th run in first-class cricket, in his fifteenth innings.[23] He was the leading run-scorer for Punjab in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, with 728 runs in five matches.[24] In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.[25] He also won the Emerging Player of the tournament award in the 2019 Indian Premier League.[26]

International careerEdit

In February 2017, he was part of the Indian U-19 series win against England U-19.[27][28][29]

In December 2017, he was named vice captain of India's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[30][31] He was the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament, with 372 runs.[32] He was also named the player of the tournament.[33][34] Following India's matches in the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Gill as the rising star of the squad.[35]

In January 2019, Gill was added to India's squad for the limited-overs leg for their series against New Zealand.[36] On 31 January 2019, he made his One Day International (ODI) cricket debut against New Zealand in the fourth ODI match of the series at Seddon Park, Hamilton.[37]


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  4. ^ "How Shubman Gill, player of ICC U-19 World Cup, polished his 'Virat Kohli shot'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ "ICC Under-19 World Cup: Shubman Gill Impresses With High-Quality Hundred Against Pakistan". NDTV Sports. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Shubman Gill a better player than Prithvi Shaw: Sourav Ganguly". India Today. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  7. ^ "'I sat inside the washroom when my bidding was on'". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Shubman Gill: The boy who silences men post Under 19 World Cup win". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
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  10. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy, Group A: Punjab v Vidarbha at Delhi, Feb 25, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Group D, Ranji Trophy at Amritsar, Nov 17-20 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Teenagers Gill and Anmolpreet run amok for Punjab". ESPN Cricinfo. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  13. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  14. ^ "U19 World Cup stars snapped up in IPL auction". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  15. ^ "10th match (N), Indian Premier League at Kolkata, Apr 14 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Shubman Gill century powers India C to Deodhar Trophy final". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Eight players to watch out for in Ranji Trophy 2018-19". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Twitter wants Shubman Gill in the Indian team after his double-ton against Tamil Nadu". CricTracker. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Fans Want Shubman Gill In The Indian Team After his Excellent Knock". Cricket Addictor. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Ranji Trophy: Brilliant Shubman Gill almost does the impossible for Punjab". Times News Network. 25 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Mumbai knocked out; Gill's dream run continues". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Tripura slump to 35 all out, Abhinav rises above Chennai turner". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 2018/19 - Punjab: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Indian Premier League 2019: Players to watch". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Shubman Gill stars as India U-19 beat England by 7 wickets". Hindustan Times. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  28. ^ "Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw slam tons to help India hammer England, clinch U-19 ODI series". Firstpost. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Shubman Gill was terrific, says U-19 coach Dravid - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  30. ^ "Prithvi Shaw to lead India in Under-19 World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  31. ^ "Hard-working Shubman Gill makes it look easy". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  32. ^ "ICC Under-19 World Cup, 2017/18 - India Under-19s: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  33. ^ "Final (D/N), ICC Under-19 World Cup at Mount Maunganui, Feb 3 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  34. ^ "Under-19 star Shubman Gill shines on senior stage". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  35. ^ "U19CWC Report Card: India". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  36. ^ "India vs Australia: Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar to replace KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya". Times of India. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  37. ^ "India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Shubman Gill debuts, Khaleel Ahmed replaces Mohammed Shami". The Indian Express. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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