‘He can be one of the best performers in the tournament’: Gilchrist can’t stop praising India’s youngster


adam gilchrist has backed the 24-year-old Indian cricketer to set the World Cup on fire.

The great Adam Gilchrist, who knows a thing or two about winning World Cups, looks at home team India’s chances in the grand cricket Mahakumbh starting two weeks from today. Gilchrist, a three-time World Cup champion and part of Australia’s hat-trick of title wins from 1999 to 2007, likes what he sees in an Indian team full of match-winners, but if there’s one person whom Gilchrist would like to set the World Cup on fire, Ready for, he is Shubman Gill. The India opener has been in tremendous form this year, scoring over 1000 runs at an incredible average of over 70 and the former Australia wicket-keeper batsman hopes the 24-year-old continues his stellar form when the granddaddy of them all arrives . On 5th October.

Shubman Gill. What he has done at the international level, in every format, is astonishing. He could possibly be one of the best performers in the tournament. They have a good balance of experience, especially Rohit and Virat. “KL Rahul is already an experienced player and there are young players in and around him, it is a good balance,” Gilchrist told Sportstar.

“Pandya’s power game in the middle is an example. They have a talented team and the big thing in India is managing expectations. If they can find a way – as they did in 2011 – not let that expectation diminish and they will dominate everything else, they will be very competitive. But obviously, it will be a challenge internally.”

Gill has scored four ODI centuries with a highest innings of 208 runs against New Zealand in January this year and is going from strength to strength. But if the opposition believe that Gill is all they have to deal with, they have one more thing coming their way. India’s emergence in full force from the return of injured players and their impressive performance in the Asia Cup is a timely reminder of their formidable power. Additionally, playing on home soil, riding on players like Mohammed Siraj, who created a bit of history against Sri Lanka in the final last Sunday, makes Team India even more difficult to beat.

“At home, India will come into the World Cup as one of the favorites and most dangerous teams. They are getting their balance right – in terms of their batting order, bowling options. Sure, their spin bowlers need to fire but for Siraj to do it in the Asia Cup final (is unbelievable). I don’t know if those conditions will be similar to what we see in India, but he will definitely take advantage of it. But this effort will come with a great result, it is a matter of confidence for them. To beat an international opposition like that in the final is a huge statement,” Gilchrist said.