Shubman Gill a great talent, can deliver at any batting position: Dinesh Karthik

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 17:34 IST IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik was all praise for Shubman Gill (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill smashed a 39-ball 65 while opening the batting for KKR at home against DCShubman Gill is a special player. He did a great job opening the batting: Dinesh KarthikSince Gill performed, as a leader, I can’t be unfair to Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana: KarthikKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has said Shubman Gill has the talent to find success at any given position in the batting-order but added that he can’t be unfair to other players while taking a call to promote the teenager higher-up the order.Karthik said Gill did a great job opening the game for KKR during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Delhi Capitals on April 12. However, Karthik pointed out that the young India batsman was promoted to open the innings because first-choice opener Chris Lynn was unavailable for selection with illness.Gill hit a 39-ball 65, smashing seven boundaries and two sixes against Delhi after opening the batting for the first time in IPL 2019. However, when Chris Lynn returned to the line-up for their home game against Chennai Super Kings on April 14, Gill lost the opener’s spot.Karthik and Kolkata Knight Riders received criticism for not persisting with Gill in the opener’s spot. In fact, Gill batted at No. 7 against CSK and hit a 20-ball 15 in their five-wicket defeat to the visiting team at the Eden Gardens.Notably, senior campaigners Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana, more often than not, have been playing at higher positions than Gill in IPL 2019.Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, Dinesh Karthik defended KKR’s decision to play Gill down the order.”Shubman Gill is a special player. He did a great job opening the batting. However, he opened because Chris Lynn had fever in that game. But since Gill performed, as a leader, I can’t be unfair to Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana. They did very well at the start of the tournament,” Karthik said.advertisement”Shubman has been told he will be sent up at every little opportunity. But that doesn’t mean myself or Kolkata Knight Riders have to listen to outside pressure and be harsh on others. Shubman has great talent and can deliver and will deliver any position,” Karthik added.Gill, who had been in fine form in the recently-concluded domestic season, has managed to impress whenever he has got an opportunity to chip in for KKR in IPL 2019. The young right-handed batsman has scored 120 runs from eight matches at a handy average of 30.00.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with RosogollasAlso Read | Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been doneAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Shubman GillFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow KKR Shubman Gill a great talent, can deliver at any batting position: Dinesh KarthikKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik, speaking to India Today, backed teenage batsman Shubman Gill to shine at whichever position he bats for the two-time champions in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League.advertisementlast_img