The Under-19 opener Shubham Gill recalled an instance when his coach Rahul Dravid helped him in altering his approach. Gill got out on two occasions while trying to hit the ball in the air when Dravid told him that he doesn’t need to hit the aerial shots as he is a good timer of the ball.
Gill changed his approach and the results that followed were fruitful. Rahul Dravid is doing a fine job in nurturing the young talent and the results speak for themselves under his tenure as coach. Dravid doesn’t all believe in the results either and he wants his lads to keep improving their game.
No need to hit the ball in the air.
“When England came to India last February, I got out playing two rash shots in my first two ODIs. I tried to lift the ball and got out,” Gill told icc-cricket.com. “He [Dravid] came and told me, ‘you are such a good striker of the ball, why do you want to hit the ball in the air?’”
Gill obliged with Dravid advice and scored two tons in the following matches. The talented right-handed batsman represents Punjab and has played two first class and seven List A matches for his state.
Gill recalled, “He gave me a challenge in the next two matches to not score any runs with aerial shots, and I got a hundred in the next two matches. He was like, ‘see, you can score so much on the ground, why do you need to hit it in the air?’”.
There are high expectations from the Under-19 team in the World Cup which will be lead by talented Prithvi Shaw. The Indian team will open their account against Australia on Sunday at Mount Maunganui. India has Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea as the other two teams in their group.