India's swashbuckling opener Shubman Gill said that the camp under Yuvraj Singh at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) before IPL helped him raise his game. In a chat with Hindustan Times, Gill talked about his idol Virat Kohli, batting with Rohit Sharma, and missing out on a century in Brisbane. Read more – I'm getting unnecessary credit, the boys deserve all the praise: Rahul Dravid on Gabba Miracle
"I trained hard under Yuvi paaji. He put in a great effort. I would bat against short-pitched bowling at over 150 (kph). PCA secretary Puneet Bali made sure that despite Covid limitations, I got the best facilities to train," Gill said when asked about the training before IPL. "Yuvi paaji made me video call Tendulkar sir. He told me to work a bit on my back lift. Inputs from legends like Yuvi paaji and Sachin sir helped me raise my game."
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Gill missed batting with his idol Virat Kohli and said that the Indian skipper congratulated him on his debut. He is also excited to play against England in Chennai and bat alongside Virat Kohli. "It would have been great to have him around on my debut. He was happy and congratulated me from India. I hope to play a lot of cricket alongside him, and learn a lot from him. I am excited to be in Chennai for the Test series against England. It would be wonderful to prepare for another tough series and have Virat paaji back," he said.
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Gill was also asked about opening the innings with Rohit Sharma, to which, he said, "Rohit paaji is so easy going. We would just play our shots and plan the game session by session. I enjoyed batting with him. I felt I could excel at the top a lot because of him. He would encourage and keep it simple. The best takeaway from the Australia tour is the confidence I have picked."