Young Indian opener Shubman Gill recently expressed his ambition to achieve enduring success in cricket, aiming to consistently surpass major records without fixating on specific personal milestones.
The 24-year-old batsman made headlines by becoming the youngest player to notch a double-century in ODIs, scoring an impressive 208 off 149 balls against New Zealand in Hyderabad earlier this year. He also secured the fastest 1000 ODI runs for India during the same match.
Addressing an award function, Gill acknowledged the significance of being the youngest to hit a double-century but emphasized his focus on long-term success. He stated, "While achieving the youngest 200 is a great feat, my primary goal remains long-term success. Continuously surpassing significant records is more meaningful to me, without a specific personal milestone in mind at present."
Gill paid tribute to his inspiration, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, referring to him as the "greatest of all time (GOAT)," highlighting Tendulkar's influence on his cricketing journey.
Reflecting on India's campaign in the 2023 World Cup, Gill acknowledged the disappointment of the team's outcome while emphasizing the importance of moving forward despite setbacks. He remarked, "The recent World Cup was undoubtedly heartbreaking for us. As athletes, looking ahead to future challenges drives us forward. Whether it's from success or setbacks, moving on is an integral part of our journey."
Having last played in the ODI World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, Gill is gearing up for upcoming matches in South Africa. He is slated to participate in a three-match T20I series and feature in two Test matches in the upcoming days.
(With Agency Inputs)