Shubman Gill’s exceptional performances in the 2023 IPL season have garnered widespread praise and comparisons to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. With three centuries and a total of 890 runs in 17 matches for the Gujarat Titans, Gill emerged as the season’s top scorer.
Gill’s success in international cricket, including scoring centuries in all three formats, further solidified his reputation as a rising star in the cricketing world. His achievements caught the attention of former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram, who drew a comparison between Gill and Tendulkar.
Akram’s comparison reflects the impact and dominance Gill displayed during his innings. He likened the experience of bowling to Gill in the T20 format to bowling to Tendulkar in the early overs of an ODI match when only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
Akram said, “If I bowl to a player like Shubman, even in T20 format, it feels like I am bowling to Sachin Tendulkar in the first 10 overs in ODI cricket when only two fielders are allowed to remain outside the circle.”
Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, also praised Gill’s performance and supported Akram’s comparison. Butt acknowledged Gill’s consistent brilliance over the past few months, which has earned him such high praise from respected cricketers.
Gill should take pride in the compliments bestowed upon him, especially from a renowned bowler like Wasim Akram. Such recognition is a testament to Gill’s skill and talent as a batsman. While comparisons to Tendulkar may be subjective, they highlight Gill’s immense potential and his impact on the cricketing world.
Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel, “Wasim Bhai has said that bowling to Gill is like bowling to Tendulkar. I think everyone has their way of giving compliments. However, these are qualifying comments for Shubman. It is a matter of pride for him that Wasim Akram, one of the best bowlers in the world, has said this. He has earned it.”
As Gill continues to excel on the field, seeing how he progresses and establishes himself as a prominent figure in international cricket will be exciting.