Ramiz Raja Shubman Gill calls Mini Rohit Sharma

Ramiz the king, former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Tarun Shubman drew comparisons between Gill and his captain Rohit Sharma. The pair have formed a formidable partnership as the new opening pair for the Indian team in white-ball cricket.

They have already shared multiple 100-run plus partnerships at the top, considering the selectors good luck swallow Over veteran Shikhar Dhawan as opener for ODI World Cup 2023. Shubman Gill made his case for the WC squad very strong by joining an elusive list of players with a brilliant double century against New Zealand in the first ODI.

Team India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (AP Photo)
Team India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (AP Photo)

Ramiz Raja: Shubman Gill looks like a mini Rohit Sharma and he doesn’t need to change anything

Raja said that Shubman Gill has been able to shoulder the extra time while playing the ball which has been the case for Rohit Sharma for the past several years, suggesting that the young opener does not need to change anything.

“Shubman Gill looks like a mini-Rohit Sharma. He has extra time and looks good. He has a lot of potential. Aggression will also develop over time. He doesn’t need to change anything. He recently scored a double century,” Ramiz Raja said on his YouTube channel.

Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja. (Credit: Twitter)

Shubman Gill recently became the eighth batsman to score a double century in the ODI format. He scored 208 runs against New Zealand in the first ODI. Currently, the 23-year-old averages an astonishing 71.38 in ODIs after playing 20 matches. He has reached triple figures three times in the 50 over format.

Ramiz Raja: Rohit Sharma is an amazing striker with hook and pull shots but the front foot batting of the Indian top order is generally weak.

The former PCB chairman also spoke about India’s dominant display in the second ODI against New Zealand and said that captain Rohit Sharma made the chase look too easy. The Men in Blue bowled out the Tom Latham-led New Zealand for 108 after being asked to bat first in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.

Rohit Sharma then scored 51 off 50 balls as the hosts chased down the target by eight wickets and 179 deliveries to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

“Batting was easy for India as they have a great batsman like Rohit Sharma. He plays very well. He is an amazing striker with hook-and-pull shots, so chasing 108 becomes easy,” he added.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Ramiz Raja further hinted at the struggle of the Indian batsmen when batting on the front foot.

“What the Indian batsmen have to do, especially the top order, is look weak batting on the front foot. It is easy to hit from the back foot, but once the ball is tossed up, you rely on the defence, then there are some errors,” he added.

In the 1st India vs New Zealand ODI, Shubman Gill scored 208 off 149 balls with 19 boundaries and nine sixes as India posted an impressive total. Shubman Gill has amassed an impressive 1142 runs at an average of 71.38 in 20 ODIs with 3 tons – one each against Zimbabwe (130), Sri Lanka (116) and New Zealand (208) and 5 fifties.

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