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‘Like Roger Federer’: Former Pakistan captain compares Shubman Gill to Swiss tennis legend

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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt praised Shubman Gill after the latter’s brilliant double century against New Zealand in the first game of the ongoing three-match ODI Serie on January 18. Gill played a match-winning hit against the Black Caps and became the youngest male cricketer to score a double century in ODI history.

Shubman broke numerous records during his marathon stroke. He also became the fastest Indian batsman to reach the 1000 ODI run milestone. He was awarded Man of the Match for his stellar innings as India eventually won the high-scoring clash by 12 runs.

He’s one of a kind: Salman Butt

The former Pakistani cricketer compared of gills elegant striking play in the style of tennis legend Roger Federer’s game, highlighting how the Indian batsman relies more on finesse and skill than power. Butt admitted that he had been admiring the 23-year-old since he played in the inaugural World Test Championship final in 2021.

“This is a different kind of cricket that Gill is playing. He’s almost like Roger Federer, playing his shots with incredible quality and touch. The finesse that Shubman Gill has shown in his game is very rare in players of such young age. It’s one of a kind and there’s a hint of greatness,” the 38-year-old said in a video on his YouTube channel.

“I’ve been a fan of Gill since he played in that World Test Championship final against New Zealand in England because of the time he has and the elegance and finish he has to his shots. You won’t see many touches. players like him in international cricket.

Talk of just power hitters everywhere these days. “It wasn’t just about his bunt shots, but also the way he scored his runs despite all the lead hitters coming out the other side at regular intervals.

The way he picked and chose his shots and the bowling to aim showed that his game has already developed to a greater extent”, concluded the left-handed batsman.

Gill has scored back-to-back ODI centuries, and would like to continue his rich streak of form in the second ODI as well, to be played in Raipur on January 21.

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