Shubman Gill (born 8 September 1999) is an Indian right hand Middle order​ Batsman​. He represents Punjab cricket team​ in Indian domestic cricket and had a successful period for the Indian U-19 cricket team​. In 2018 he was purchased by Indian Premier League​ side Kolkata Knight Riders[2]​.

 

Early Life

Gill's family owned agricultural lands in Fazilka​, Punjab. His father would ask the hired help on the farm to throw balls at Gill to help him practice batting. Gill's father was convinced of his talent, and moved the family to Mohali​ and rented a house near the PCA Stadium​.[8] At U-16 states level, Gill was highly successful finishing that age group as the highest run scorer across India[16]​.

 

Domestic Career

List A

He made his List A​ debut for Punjab in the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy​ on 25 February 2017.[6]​ In the following game he made his maiden List A century in a losing cause against Assam[17]​. He would go on to finish as Punjab’s second highest aggregate run scorer for the season[18]​. The 2017–18 Vijay Hazare Trophy saw Gill hit another century, this time against Karnataka  but this innings was the only high point of a otherwise inconsistent season.[19][20]​ 

First-class

He made his first-class debut for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy​ on 17 November 2017 scoring a half century in the first innings.[6]​ Later the same month, in his second first-class match, he scored his maiden century, batting for Punjab against Services .[7]

 

India U-19s 

In February 2017, he was part of the Indian U-19 series win against England. He scored his maiden Youth One Day International​ century in the third game of the series and followed it up with brutal 160 in the next match to seal the series victory[3][4][5]

On India’s return tour of England he made a century in the second Youth Test match​ and followed it up in ODI series with 147 from 127 balls to help India complete a series whitewash.[21][22]

Those performances were enough for him to be fast tracked into the India A team​ for the tour of New Zealand but unfortunately a Side strain​ injury lead to him having to pull out of the tour.[23][24]

In December 2017, he was named vice captain of India's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup​.[9][10]​He was the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament, with 372 runs with highlights including a 59ball 90 against Zimbabwe, 86 against Bangladesh in the Quarter Finals and an unbeaten century against Pakistan to see India through to the final which they won against Australia.[11] [25]​ [26]​ [27]

Gill was named India’s player of the series with the International Cricket Council (ICC) also naming him as the rising star of the squad. [12][13]

 

IPL

In January 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders​ beat off competition from Kings XI Punjab​ and Rajasthan Royals​ to sign Gill for ₹1.8 Crore​ (US$280,000) in the [2]​. [14][15][28]

Gill made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders​ in a comfortable 71 run win against Delhi Daredevils​ on 16th April 2018[33]