After earning his maiden test call-up for the South Africa series, Shubhman Gill feels ready to take the next step after conquering the junior level.
Shubhman Gill feels that he does not need to make changes to his game but needs to tweak his mindset to make himself set at the highest level. In a chat with ESPN Cricinfo just days ahead of his first home tour, the U-19 World Cup’s leading run-scorer talked about the challenges lying ahead in the journey.
The batsman revealed that he got advice from Yuvraj Singh regarding how to keep his life on and off the field apart. He said:
“He’s spoken to me about keeping my focus on cricket and let other aspects of professional life (endorsements, player management) aside. Guidance is very important in these aspects. Yuvraj didn’t want me to sign with any player management company at the start of my career. He said ‘just go and play, forget about these things. I didn’t sign anyone.”
Gill also talked about his calm nature and his approach to adapting to various situations on the field. He stated:
I am calm, but it’s also something I’ve learnt from my father – he had the patience and calmness to keep throwing 200-300 balls in the nets when I was a kid.
It’s just about calculating the situations, assessing what the team needs, and how your decisions will affect or benefit the team at a certain time. You have to take risks at times. My mindset is such that I don’t think about what will happen if I play a certain shot and get out. You have to be calm to make decisions under pressure.