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Won't Be Surprised If We See Him Leading An IPL Side In The Next Two Years: Simon Doull On Shubman Gill's Future

By Sahil Mathur
Sep 30, 2020 • 14:04 PM

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has said that the 21-year old Shubman Gill could lead an IPL side in the next two years. 

"I won't be surprised if we see him leading an IPL side two years down the line at the ripe age of 22-23. I think he should spend a lot of time with Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan and pick their brains. He also has Brendon McCullum, one of the most innovative captains in the last 7-9 years. I think he can learn a lot if he is around these guys," felt Simon Doull. 

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This observation came after Kolkata Knight Riders won the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Shubman Gill, while opening the innings, scored a match-winning 70 runs off 62 balls which also earned him a "Man Of The Match". 

"It was a perfect score for Shubman to get into this tournament. He didn't score much in the first match. He needed a score to get started and when you are chasing only 143, you could play your natural game. It will hold him in good stead moving forward. In the match against SRH, he timed the innings superbly. He needed to be there and show the maturity that he can bat through and win for his team," said the former New Zealand cricketer. 

Shubman Gill has had an impressive start to his cricket career. He currently averages 73.75 in the first-class cricket. In 21 matches, he has scored 2,133 runs including seven centuries and ten half-centuries. Gill also made his international debut against New Zealand in 2019 but couldn't score much. 

It will be interesting to see how this observation about Shubman Gill by Simon Doull pans out in the next few years.