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Unfair to compare Shubman Gill to Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli: Gary Kirsten

Former India coach Gary Kirsten reckons that young India batter Shubman Gill shouldn’t be compared with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.

Kirsten said that Gill is a multi-format player and that he possesses skills to become one of the best players in the world.

“He is a young player who has incredible skill and determination to be one of the best players in the world. It would be unfair to compare him to Sachin and Virat so early in his journey,” Kirsten told Cricbuzz.

Gill had a brilliant IPL 2023 season. The GT opener, who finished the final with the Most Valuable Player title, is just behind Virat Kohli’s 973 runs scored in 2016.

“I believe he has the game to successfully play across all three formats for India. You don’t often see that, these days, particularly as T20 cricket is developing and progressing so fast,” said Kirsten.

When quizzed on what he expects from the young batter going into the World Test Championship against Australia, Kirsten said, “Shubman has all the credentials to become a great player for India, across all the formats. Like any player he will be met with challenges and obstacles; how he handles those and keeps progressing will ultimately determine his long-term success. I would encourage him to keep learning and to engage with those who can offer him trusted counsel.”

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