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Yuvraj Singh Backs 'Special Talent' Shubman Gill to Shine for India

Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has backed Punjab batsman Shubman Gill to have a long career with the national team, describing him as a 'special talent'.

Cricketnext Staff |July 31, 2020, 1:21 PM IST
Yuvraj Singh Backs 'Special Talent' Shubman Gill to Shine for India

Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has backed Punjab batsman Shubman Gill to have a long career with the national team, describing him as a 'special talent'.

Gill's talent has never been in doubt but his discpline came into question last year when he was fined for showing dissent during a Ranji Trophy game against Delhi.

"I was there at the ground during the match. He never abused anyone," Yuvraj told Hindustan Times. "He just questioned the decision. Sometimes batsmen do that.

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"Look, he is young and hungry to do well. When I started playing, I too experienced such incidents. And if a player makes a mistake, he will rectify it. He is a special talent."

Yuvraj is currently mentoring the Punjab team in a 21-day off-season camp after he was approached for the role by Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) secretary Puneet Bali.

"I am enjoying this role a lot. I too had wonderful mentors when I began. Also, I appreciate the way PCA has pledged to raise the standards and provide the players with the best of facilities," said Yuvraj.

The southpaw also spoke about how he is spending his time post-retirement, saying that he is enjoying learning how to play golf during this time.

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"Cricket and skating are two sports I have loved and played. Now that I have time at hand, I am learning golf too. And it is such an addictive sport. I am having a big swing at the golf range these days."

Yuvraj also plans to continue playing in foreign leagues - he played the Global T20 League and T10 League last year - but has no idea when that will resume due to the coronavirus pandemic putting everything on hold.

"I want to play in the international leagues; however, I don’t know when these leagues will resume, considering the pandemic."

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