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U-19 World Cup: Shubman didn't want to be a farmer like me, says his father

In an interview, his father said Shubman still trains for four to five hours everyday

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 31 January 2018, 5:48 PM
Shubman Gill was recently bought for Rs 2.80 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill was recently bought for Rs 2.80 by Kolkata Knight Riders Image: AFP

Shubman Gill will not regret choosing cricket over any other profession. Because, so far, everything in the 18-year-old's career has panned out just right. He propelled India to the ongoing Under-19 World Cup final, has been picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.80 crore, and will soon be the first Indian batsman to end his youth ODI career with a 100-plus average (something not even Sir Donald Bradman could achieve).

When Shubman opted not to take up farming as a career, his father Lakhwinder Singh wasn't surprised. In an interview with Mid-Day, he said, "My son did not want to be a farmer like me. He wanted to pursue his career in sports. My employees and I used to bowl at him everyday. He trains for four to five hours daily and never skips his practice sessions."

Further talking about Shubman's dedication, he said, "We purchased a bowling machine and when we got tired of bowling to him, my son would continue with the bowling machine."

Shubman will play his first ever Indian Premier League with KKR this year. Keeping his performance at the U-19 World Cup in view, we're sure other franchises are already chalking out plans against him.

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