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Sunil Gavaskar Picks India's Breakout Performer of the Year 2023

Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar names Shubman Gill as India's breakout performer of the year 2023. Read more about Gill's impressive performance and rise in the cricketing world.

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Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli during ODI World Cup 2023 India vs Sri Lanka, 33rd Match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

In the world of cricket, every year brings new talents and breakout performers who capture the imagination of fans and experts alike. In 2023, one such player who stole the limelight with his exceptional performances across formats was Shubman Gill. Considered as one of the rising stars of Indian cricket, Gill's batting prowess and consistency made him the talk of the town. In this article, we will delve into the phenomenal journey of Shubman Gill in 2023, highlighting his achievements, challenges, and the impact he made on the Indian men's team.

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A Prolific Year in ODI Cricket

Shubman Gill began his 2023 campaign with a bang, showcasing his class and talent in the One Day Internationals (ODIs). Throughout the year, he displayed remarkable consistency and ended up amassing a staggering 1584 runs in 29 innings at an impressive average of 63.36 and a strike rate of 105.45. Gill's ability to anchor the innings while also accelerating the scoring rate was instrumental in India's success in the limited-overs format.


Sunil Gavaskar's Appreciation

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Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian skipper and renowned cricket commentator, hailed Shubman Gill as the breakout performer of the year in 2023. Gavaskar acknowledged that Gill didn't meet expectations in the last few Tests of the year but praised his exceptional performances in white-ball cricket. Speaking on the Star Sports show 'Follow the Blues', Gavaskar said,

"Breakout performer, I would imagine would be Shubman Gill for the way he batted throughout the 2023 season in all formats of the game. Test cricket, at the start, he was unstoppable," Gavaskar said

"Towards the end, he tapered off in Test cricket but the ODI and T20 performances were exceptional. So he would be the breakout performer as far as the men's team is concerned," said Gavaskar

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Irfan Pathan's Support

Another former Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan, also recognized Gill's remarkable performances in 2023. Pathan highlighted Gill's contributions in ODI cricket, stating, 

"Shubman Gill, especially in ODI cricket. The way this year was for a young boy in ODI cricket, who is probably the future of the Indian team. I feel he has a huge leadership future as well. Considering that, Shubman Gill's year was a huge positive," said Irfan

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Pathan further emphasized Gill's potential to be a long-term asset for the Indian team and expressed his excitement about the youngster's future prospects.

"It was a breakout year for Shubman Gill because he struck a sequence of centuries, his average was amazing and it seems like ODI cricket perfectly suits him. When a young player has such an amazing year, you say India's future is very bright," Irfan added

 

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Dominance in the IPL

Apart from his international exploits, Shubman Gill also showcased his brilliance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Representing the Gujarat Titans, Gill emerged as the highest run-scorer of the tournament, amassing a staggering 890 runs in 17 innings at a phenomenal strike rate of 157.80. His consistent and aggressive batting played a vital role in the success of his team, propelling the Gujarat Titans to the playoffs.


Gill's World Cup Journey

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The highlight of the 2023 cricketing calendar was the ICC World Cup, where the best teams battled it out for supremacy. Shubman Gill was an integral part of the Indian squad and had high expectations on his shoulders. Although he couldn't notch up a century in the tournament, Gill showcased glimpses of his class and temperament. His highest score of 92 against Sri Lanka was a testament to his ability to play under pressure and build crucial partnerships.


The Impact of Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill's impact on the Indian men's team in 2023 cannot be understated. His consistent performances in ODIs, dominance in the IPL, and contributions in the ICC World Cup made him a key player in the Indian setup. Gill's ability to adapt to different formats and situations, coupled with his technique and temperament, made him a reliable top-order batsman for India.

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Future Prospects

With his exceptional performances in 2023, Shubman Gill has firmly established himself as one of the brightest talents in Indian cricket. At such a young age, Gill possesses all the attributes of a successful batsman - technique, temperament, and hunger for success. As he continues to gain experience and mature as a player, the future looks incredibly promising for Shubman Gill. Indian cricket enthusiasts eagerly await his further exploits and expect him to be a vital cog in the Indian team for years to come.


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Conclusion

Shubman Gill's breakout year in 2023 was a testament to his immense talent and potential. His ability to perform consistently across formats, dominate in domestic and international cricket, and handle pressure situations with maturity set him apart from his peers. As he continues to evolve as a cricketer, the hopes and expectations from Shubman Gill are sky-high. With his remarkable performances, he has undoubtedly established himself as a rising star in Indian cricket and a player to watch out for in the coming years.

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