Prithvi Shaw (left) and Shubman Gill
Prithvi Shaw (left) and Shubman Gill

Dean Jones, who played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs, hailed the display of some young Indian players in the IPL and singled out Shubhman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for special praise.

“The one I have been impressed (with) the most is Shumbman Gill. (He is) more of a classical player. I think Prithvi (Shaw of Delhi Daredevils) has got a couple of holes in his technique here and there and will get better. He is a very good player. They are just kids, these boys are just 18 (years-old) and these guys are smashing sixes and fours and winning games in T20 cricket,” Jones was quoted in a report from PTI.

Jones also spoke highly about rookie Mumbai Indians’ leg-spinner Mayank Markande, who has been the find of the cash-rich tournament.

Shubman Gill: When I go out to bat I forget about family, crowd, everything else
Shubman Gill: When I go out to bat I forget about family, crowd, everything else

“Markande has been great and I have loved him. (Shivam) Mavi (of KKR)- I have been impressed about how he has gone with his work. I also like Karun Nair (Kings XI).

“He has not quite done a lot yet, but he is around for a long time and has got a triple hundred (in Tests). I always like the way he goes about his game. And KL Rahul (Kings XI) – an absolute super-star,” the 57-year-old remarked.

Mumbai Indians have made a remarkable comeback after a string of losses at the start, as they had done in the past, to be in the contention for the play-offs and Jones termed MI the “comeback kids”.

“They are the comeback kids, no doubt about that. They have still not qualified yet. If Rishabh Pant goes off in the last game, anything can happen. Now they have started getting it right,” Jones signed off.

The Daredevils will play against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, a match that will determine Mumbai’s fate in the tournament.

(Inputs from PTI)