Shubman Gill © Getty Images
Shubman Gill © Getty Images

Rahul Dravid was reputed for keeping the ball down. Be it a square-cut or pull, he somehow managed to keep the ball down. He never fancied taking the aerial route, no matter what the length of the delivery.

Dravid injected a similar brand of cricket in India U-19’s team. Speaking to icc-cricket.com, Shubman Gill revealed how Dravid’s challenged better his game. “When England came to India last February, I got out playing two rash shots in my first two ODIs. I tried to lift the ball and got out. He [Dravid] came and told me, ‘you are such a good striker of the ball, why do you want to hit the ball in the air?’

“He gave me a challenge in the next two matches to not score any runs with aerial shots, and I got a hundred in the next two matches. He was like, ‘see, you can score so much on the ground, why do you need to hit it in the air?’”

India then travelled to England. Gill scored 102 at Worcester and 147 at Hove.

India have started the 2018 U-19 World Cup Campaign against Australia. Gill smashed a resolute 63 off 64. India eventually won the match by 100 runs.