Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has claimed that opening batsman Shubman Gill has the ability to be one of cricket’s all-time greats in the future if he continues to maintain his focus. McCullum has claimed he finds similarities in the 21-year-old and a young Kane Williamson, who is Head Coach of Gills Indian Premier League team of Kolkata Knight Riders.
‘I find Shubman Gill as a player with tremendous aura around him’- Brendon McCullum
“I’ve been bullish about Shubman Gill, he is already a very good cricketer. The hardest thing for Shubman is that, because he is such a talent, so many people want to help him. They want to be aligned with him and be part of the Shubman Gill story because everyone sees he is going to go down as one India’s greatest players,” McCullum said on eSalaamCricket.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him, I find him a player with a tremendous aura around him. He is not the finished product, but he has got a gift not many people have,” said McCullum.
The 39-year-old says Gill is a great alternative in the World Test Championship Final for India, which begins at the Southampton Ageas Bowl on Friday.
“Similar to how we spoke about Kane Williamson. When he came on to the scene he was spoken about as being able to become one of New Zealand’s greatest if not the greatest by the end of his career. Shubman might not be able to scale those lofty heights because you have had some of the game’s greats like Sachin Tendulkar. But you’ve got someone there who could become a very good international player for a long period of time and gives you a good option at the top of the order in the WTC,” said McCullum.Live TV.