Shubman Gill is certainly going from strength to strength and his confidence after a successful IPL is soaring. In a recent interview to DNA, Gill admits that he was in such good rhythm that he would not have been surprised had he been picked for the World Cup. Well, he was not picked, but his statement shows the state of mind he is in after the IPL. He amassed 196 runs in 14 games at an average of 32.88. He also slammed three brilliant fifties during the league. “It was not like I was expecting the World Cup call. But I would not have been surprised if I would have been selected,” Gill told this paper on the sidelines of the CEAT Cricket Rating awards here recently.

His skill and talent have impressed one and all, former Windies great Ian Bishop who is a big Gill fan described him as a ‘special talent’ recently. Kevin Pietersen also tweeted about the upcoming talent from India calling him ‘the next big superstar’.

“I don’t count on these things. When you go into the field to bat, these things don’t matter. When I enter the ground, all these things fade away. My only focus is how to score runs. Obviously, it feels great when great players talk good stuff about you,” Gill said.

“The main challenge when you go up the level is your mindset. You have to be mentally prepared to be at that level and perform there. I won’t say it was really tough and that the oppositions were really tough. The main challenge is your mindset and you have to be mentally ready to perform at that level,” Gill said.

“It has been a really good experience for me overall, a really good learning for me and I am grateful for the experience,” he said. “It was a great experience sharing the dressing room with Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and everyone else. It was a great experience for me seeing those guys, how they handle pressure, how they react in certain situations. It was an overall good learning curve for me,” he said of his ODI debut.

“Obviously I was a bit nervous when I got to know that I was going to make my debut. I was really excited, really happy and really willing to do well for my team,” he said.