Shubhman Gill slammed his 4th ODI hundred in U-19 cricket © AFP
Shubman Gill slammed his 4th ODI hundred in U-19 cricket © AFP

Fifteen matches, 1,118 runs at 111.8 and a strike rate of 103.23. This is what Shubman Gill’s number stands in Under-19 cricket. His average shoots up to 170.5 in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand. The 18-year-old slammed his fourth ODI hundred in Under-19 cricket to guide India to their sixth final in U-19 World Cup. His century guided India to 272 for 9 against Pakistan in the semi-final at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, on Tuesday.

Gill’s father Lakhwinder is elated with the display and recalled how as a young child he never liked to play with any toy but bat and ball. In fact, Gill has been hooked to the game since the age of three.

“Shubman has always been dedicated to the game of cricket. I am very happy and proud of my son’s performance in the ongoing World Cup,” Gill’s father Lakhwinder Singh told PTI. “We are elated with his century in today’s match against Pakistan and defeating the Pakistani team.”

Never liked any other toy

“Shubman never liked any other toy. He always loved playing with the bat and ball. He used to play with cricket bat and ball even during going to bed,” the proud father added.

Gill’s family belongs to a village in Fazilka in Punjab. The family is now based at Mohali. Speaking on the family’s support, Lakhwinder added, “We fully supported him for achieving his dream to become a cricketer. We dedicated 15 years on him to enable him become a world class cricketer. We even left our work and skipped several family functions including marriage ceremonies of our relatives so we could dedicate as much time as we could on him.”

Gill was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore in the IPL Auction 2018 last weekend. He is the team’s leading scorer with 341 runs and second overall, behind West Indian Alick Athanaze.