Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has highlighted the similarities between young batting sensation Shubman Gill and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Gill has been in sensational form in 2023, drawing immense praise from fans and cricketing experts alike.
Gill showcased his batting prowess during the IPL 2023 season, representing the Gujarat Titans. Accumulating a remarkable 890 runs in 17 matches, he registered four half-centuries and three centuries. Notably, Gill has scored centuries across all three formats of the game, including a double hundred against New Zealand in ODIs, all in the span of a single calendar year.
As Gill’s performances continue to captivate the cricketing world, comparisons have emerged between him and the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Mohammad Kaif, having played alongside both Tendulkar and Kohli, shared his perspective on the matter, stating that Gill’s batting technique resembles that of Tendulkar rather than Kohli.
“I believe Shubman Gill’s technique is similar to Sachin Tendulkar’s. It is extremely challenging to dismiss him at this stage of his career. He seems to have no weaknesses in his game. Both Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar are legends. I have played with both of them, but Kohli does have his weaknesses. Gill, on the other hand, is on the path to greatness in terms of technique and mental strength, just like Sachin,” expressed Kaif in an interview with Sportskeeda.
Kaif further elaborated on the disparities between the techniques of Tendulkar and Kohli, highlighting Kohli’s struggles during the 2014 tour of England. According to Kaif, Kohli faced considerable difficulties when facing the lethal deliveries of James Anderson, which ultimately affected his performance throughout the series.
“Sachin was an exceptionally organized batsman. When comparing Sachin and Virat, the latter still possesses certain weaknesses. During the England tour in 2014, Kohli struggled against James Anderson’s deliveries outside the off stump, and he couldn’t find an answer to it. He had a forgettable series,” revealed Kaif.