Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has remarked that Wasim Akram comparing Shubman Gill to Sachin Tendulkar is a proud moment for the 23-year-old as he continues his stratospheric climb in the game.
Gill rapidly established himself as one of India’s future superstars after a stellar start to 2023. The 23-year-old has centuries in all formats of the game, including a double century against New Zealand in an ODI.
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In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, Akram expressed his opinion that bowling to Gill in T20 cricket is comparable to bowling to Tendulkar under the field limits in ODIs. The graceful Indian hitter was also referred to by Akram as a potential cricketing superstar.
Reacting to Akram’s praise of Shubman Gill Butt said on his YouTube channel: “Wasim bhai has said that bowling to Gill is like bowling to Tendulkar. I think everyone has their own way of showering praises. A lot of big [former] cricketers compare youngsters with legendary players from a previous era because they can relate to it”
“These are deserving comments for him. A proud moment for Shubman Gill that Wasim Akram, regarded as one of the world’s best bowlers, has said this. He has earned it. His batting has been outstanding in the last few months. He has been on top of his game and he is looking as the standout batter in the game at present” Salman Butt added.
“Players like Sachin and Shubman Gill play proper cricketing shots”- Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram, a former captain of Pakistan, praised Shubman Gill and noted that the right-handed batter plays good cricketing strokes, making it challenging to dismiss him.
“As a bowler, if I am bowling to Shubman Gill in the T20 format, it’s like bowling to Sachin Tendulkar in one-day cricket in the first 10 or 15 overs [with the field restrictions in place]. If I was bowling to [Sanath] Jayasuriya and [Romesh] Kaluwitharana, I know I have a chance of getting them out because they try to go after every ball. Players like Sachin and Gill play proper cricketing shots” Wasim Akram said.
Gill scored the most runs in the recently ended Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The 23-year-old opened the batting for Gujarat Titans (GT), scoring 890 runs in 17 matches at an average of 59.33, with three hundred and four fifties. Gill has played 15 Tests, 24 ODIs, and six T20Is for India, scoring seven international hundreds.