Shubman Gill's Facts: Story Behind Jersey No. 77, Favourite Cricketer, BFF In Indian Team, Net Worth

Indian cricket team's opener, Shubman Gill is the world's number 1 ranked ODI batter, and today we are going to share some personal and professional facts about him.


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Shubman Gill's Facts: Story Behind Jersey No. 77, Favourite Cricketer, BFF In Indian Team, Net Worth

It was around 2013 when the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, passed the torch to a young Virat Kohli, predicting that the latter would be the heir to his throne. Years passed, and a young Virat not only turned into a great leader but set an example for the coming generations. Now that Kohli is in his late 30s, he has passed the torch to a youngster from Punjab, Shubman Gill, who is world's number 1 ranked ODI batter at the mere age of 24.

Shubman Gill can break Virat Kohli's record of 50 ODI hundreds: Pakistani cricket legend, Kamran Akmal

During a discussion on ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, iconic Pakistani cricketer, Kamran Akmal shared his views on Virat Kohli breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI hundred after he scored his 50th century against New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup 2023.

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The Pakistani cricketer stated that Babar Azam and Shubman Gill have the quality to break Virat's record of 50 ODI hundreds. As soon as his comment went live on the internet, he was trolled for mentioning Babar, as Shubman replaced him as the world's number 1 ranked ODI batter back in November 2023.

This isn't the first time the former cricketers and critics have made bold predictions about Shubman Gill's future, as time and again, we have seen people going gaga over his potential. The year 2023 has been an instrumental one in Shubman's career so far. The cricketer reportedly scored around 1580 runs in 2023, which makes him sit on the 7th spot in the list of most ODI runs in a calendar year. As of now, Shubman has 6 ODI hundreds in 43 ODI matches.

There's no denying that Shubman Gill is the successor of Virat Kohli, and if he continues to play like this, there might be a slight chance that he will surpass his predecessor. While the road is quite long and open for predictions, there is no doubt that the 24-year-old Shubman is one of the best young cricketers in world cricket. Apart from his professional success, there are some facts about his personal life that every cricket fanatic should know about. So, without further ado, let's get straight into some rare and unknown facts about Shubman Gill.

#1. How Shubman Gill's agriculturist-father, Lakhwinder Singh became his first coach

Indian opener, Shubman Gill was born on September 8, 1999, in Fazilka, Punjab. While Shubman's father, Lakhwinder Singh was an agriculturist, not much is known about his mother, Keart Gill's profession. However, only some people know that Shubman's father, Lakhwinder Singh, always wanted to be a cricketer, but he wasn't financially sound back then.

As a result, when Lakhwinder Singh's son showed interest in cricket, the doting dad did everything to make Shubman Gill a professional cricketer. From teaching him many things about cricket to becoming his first coach and giving him training, Lakhwinder Singh even moved his entire family to Mohali in 2007 to provide more opportunities to Shubman. All the hard work and patience of Lakhwinder paid off when Shubman represented India for the first time on January 31, 2019, in an ODI against New Zealand.

#2. Why Shubman Gill wear jersey number 77?

In an interactive session with Star Sports India, Shubman Gill was asked about the reason behind his jersey number 77. The cricketer was asked why he chose such a big double-digit number in an era when cricketers usually prefer single-digit numbers. In response to the question, Shubman revealed that when he was playing in the U-19 World Cup, he asked for the number 7, but it was taken. As a result, he chose number 77, which has two sevens.

#3. Shubman Gill's nickname is similar to a famous Punjabi singer

In the same interview with Star Sports India, Shubman Gill was asked to reveal his nickname. While a lot of people were anxiously waiting for a funny name, Shubman shared that he is called by the name, Kaka by his family members. The cricketer further added that in Punjabi, 'Kaka' means 'baby'. However, as soon as his revelation made its way to the internet, people started jokingly comparing him with the famous Punjabi singer Kaka.

#4. Shubman Gill calls Ishan Kishan his 'best friend' in Indian team

Shubman Gill shares a warm bond with almost every cricketer in the Indian team. We have seen him spend much time off the field with cricketers like Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Surya Kumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Yuzvendra Chahal, and many more.

However, when he was asked to name his 'best friend' in the Indian cricket team, Shubman took Ishan Kishan's name, and it was quite expected as there's hardly any time when we see them roaming on and off the field without each other.

#5. Shubman Gill calls Virat Kohli as his 'current favourite player'

Further in the same interview, Shubman Gill was asked to reveal the name of his current favourite player, and he took his teammate, Virat Kohli's name. The cricketer has time and again expressed his admiration for Kohli in a lot of his interviews, and to hear it once again was surely a pleasure for cricket fanatics.

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#6. Shubman Gill reveals Sachin Tendulkar was his idol while he was growing up

In the same interview, Shubman Gill also talked about his idol when he was growing up. The Indian opener admitted that the great Sachin Tendulkar was his inspiration, and he always looked up to him, just like billions of aspiring cricketers worldwide.

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#7. Shubman Gill reveals the name of the first person he calls after every match

When Shubman Gill was asked whom he calls right after the end of every match, the Indian cricketer took his father, Lakhwinder Singh's name. The doting son admitted that he straightaway calls his dad after every match.

#8. Shubman Gill's net worth

As per multiple reports, Shubman Gill's annual salary, which he receives from the BCCI, is around Rs. 1 crore. The cricketer earns Rs. 15 lakh for a single Test match, while for the ODI, he earns Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 3 lakh for a single T20I. The cricketer has earned Rs. 23 crores from IPL and does a lot of brand work too, contributing to his whooping net worth. If the reports are to be believed, Shubman Gill's net worth is around the estimated sum of Rs. 31 crore.

We hope Shubman Gill achieves greater heights with his mammoth potential, taking Indian cricket to further glory. What are your thoughts on his future? Let us know.

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