Shubman Gill of the Gujarat Titans (GT) played down comparisons to renowned Indian players made by fans and analysts following his breakout season.
The youthful opener has been in superb form across all three formats, and he presently holds the Orange Cap in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL).
This season, the 23-year-old scored 851 runs at an average of 60.78 in 16 matches, including three hundreds and four fifties. He was also the second Indian hitter, after Virat Kohli, to score 800 runs in a single IPL season.
Notably, his consistent achievements have drew comparisons to legendary batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
According to the 23-year-old, Tendulkar and Kohli have inspired many young people of this generation. He also wondered if India would have produced a Sachin Tendulkar if the country had not won the World Cup in 1983.
He also stated that if India had not won the World Cup in 2011, he might not be inspired. He went on to say that legacies are immortal and that no one can truly describe them.
“The generation that all of these people – Sachin sir (Tendulkar) sir, Virat (Kohli) bhai, Rohit Sharma – have inspired is beyond. Had we not won the ’83 World Cup, had there been a Sachin Tendulkar? No. Had we not won the 2011 World Cup, would I be as inspired? Maybe, maybe not. These kinds of legacies are immortal; you can’t really define them,”
Gill was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.
In addition to his achievements in the 16th edition of the cash-rich league, Gill also earned his first set of century in both the longest and shortest formats of the game.
The Punjab-born cricketer also contributed significantly to Team India’s home season, being the fourth Indian player to score a double-hundred in a 50-over contest.
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