Dean Jones names youngster he wants as KKR’s opening batsman in IPL 2020

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India youngster Shubman Gill who came in the limelight after his stunning show in the U-19 World Cup in 2018 which India won under Prithvi Shaw, is considered as someone who has the ability to do big at the international circuit, think several current and former players. Moreover, he has also shown some of the glimpses of his brilliant batting in the domestic circuit and Indian Premier League (IPL).

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After having a purple patch in the U-19 World Cup in 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and has become an important part of the team since then. Till now he has been playing in the middle-order and he did fairly well at that position. But former Australia batsman Dean Jones wants KKR to let Shubman Gill open the innings and which will be helpful.

“I want to see Shubman Gill open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. I think there is an opportunity for it now and the time has come for them to put him at the top of the order and let him play,” Jones said while naming the youngsters as one of the players he will lookout for this season.

Since the flamboyant opener, Chris Lynn is not a part of the franchise, Gill could be the opener for KKR in the upcoming season which is scheduled to take place in UAE. Jones was excited to see another youngster Rishabh Pant bat for Delhi Capitals.

“I am also very keen to see how Rishabh Pant plays. He has been a bit up and down and it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of knowing that Dhoni is back playing,” Deano told Hindustan Times during an exclusive chat from his home in Australia.

The 2020 edition of IPL will begin from September 19 and the final will take place on November 10 in UAE.

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