“He will be the most-talked-about cricketer”: VVS Laxman heaps praise on India’s latest breakout star


India’s talented young opener Shubman Gill took the limelight away from others after he made his Test debut against Australia in the recently concluded four-match Test series. His calm demeanour and batting skill against an experienced Aussie bowling attack impressed everyone and also helped him cemented his place at the top of the order. 

After having scored 259 runs from 6 innings against Australia, Gill is now preparing to take on Joe Root-led England in the first Test which will begin on Friday in Chennai. However, former India played VVS Laxman has praised the youngster, citing that he is going to be the ‘most-talked-about cricketer’ anytime soon.

“I think he will be the most-talked-about cricketer, not only in Test match cricket but in all three formats. The reason I say that is he didn’t get it easy. I felt the kind of talent and the performances he has shown in various levels whether it’s in the IPL, whether it’s India A or first-class cricket for Punjab, I think he has been very consistent. I think he waited patiently for his opportunity while some of his colleagues got ahead of him,” VVS Laxman told Sports Today.

The killer instinct he showed by backing his ability without comprising his ability and flamboyance speaks volumes of the work he has put in,” he further added.

Meanwhile, Laxman believed that the Indian team management will soon start depending on Shubman Gill for winning matches across all formats as well. However, Team India will host England in a full-fledged series. While the first two Tests will be played in Chennai, the rest two of the four-match series will take place in Ahmedabad. Following that, a limited-overs series will be played in Ahmedabad and Pune as well.

“I always believe the results might not go your way, but the way you prepare in international cricket is very important. I saw the preparation in the way he batted, not necessarily because of the way he batted. I feel he is someone who India will rely on in winning a lot of matches in all 3 formats,” Laxman concluded.

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